Here’s What You Should Know About Tourette’s Syndrome & Its Symptoms

What Is Tourette’s Syndrome?

Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds & movements called tics. This condition is neurological & is caused by misfiring in the brain.

Tourette’s was given its name in 1885 by a man named Gilles De La Tourette who was a French Neurologist. He published an account of 9 patients with a “convulsive tic disorder”.

People with Tourette’s syndrome sometimes also suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning difficulties (NHS 2021).

Symptoms Of Tourette’s

People with Tourette’s Syndrome have a combination of vocal & physical tics.

Example of physical tics:

  • Blinking
  • Eye Rolling
  • Jerking Limbs

Example of verbal tics:

  • Grunting
  • Throat Clearing
  • Whistling

Swearing is rare & only affects about 1 in 10 people with Tourette’s syndrome.

Treating Tourette’s Syndrome

There’s no cure for TS & people with a mild form of the condition do not need treatment for them. However, behavioural therapy & medicine may be recommended to help control severe or harmful tics.

2 types of behavioural therapy have been shown to reduce tics:

  • Habit reversal training - this involves working out what the triggers are & finding an effective alternative.
  • Exposure with response prevention (ERP) - this method helps with learning how to control the urge to tic.

Influencers With TS

In recent years, people have become more open about the condition to decrease its stigma, with certain influencers dedicating their platform to raising awareness.

Evie Meg - She Speaks about her journey with TS, highlighting her harmful tics & bad seizures.

Willorie Wisp - She speaks about her story & diagnosis & posts videos of the reality of being student who has Tourette’s.

Jack Francis - He showcases everyday life with the condition, while emphasising how every day tasks can change with Tourette’s.

Don’t Judge Someone With TS As They Can’t Control Their Tics.

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