- Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by tics – involuntary sudden movements that occur repeatedly in the same way. Tics may occur many times a day or intermittently.
- Suppressing symptoms of tics may merely postpone a more severe outburst
- Tics result from stress, anxiety, and fatigue
Signs & Symptoms:
- Eye blinking/rolling
- Facial grimaces/distortions
- Scratching, clapping, pinching, kicking, stomping
- Hitting self, mouth stretching, tongue thrusting, abdominal jerking
- Throat clearing, coughing, humming
- Screaming, yelping, barking, moaning
- Saying words, grunting, sniffing, spitting, snorting
Associated conditions can include attention problems (ADHD/ADD, impulsiveness and oppositional defiant disorder), obsessive compulsive behavior, and learning disabilities. There is usually a family history of tics, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, and/or OCD.