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Tourette's

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on 22 January 2013

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Transcript of Tourette's

Tourette Syndrome Tourette's is an Autism Spectrum disorder in
which the afflicted has uncontrollable (and often inappropriate tics.) Tics can be either verbal or physical. In studies, the percentage of the population with Tourette Syndrome ranges anywhere from .05% to 2.9%. The population of males who have Tourette Syndrome tend to outnumber females by about 3 to 4 5% to 14% of adults will
experience more difficulty dealing with their condition than as a child Those affected often have other disorders or conditions along with Tourette's Tourette Syndrom manifests itself in tics. Tics are physical compulsions that can range from simple to very complex. If someone does not allow their tics to happen, they will become highly anxious, and they will get the feeling that they must complete their tic. Simple tics, such as sniffing (as if the person had a cold), squinting or blinking, are often less noticeable than a more complex tic. Complex tics often take a few seconds to complete and can involve multiple parts of the body moving in tandem or sequence. People can have one tic, or multiple tics. Other symptoms include Coprolalia, Echolalia, and Palilalia, although these are not required for the diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome. Coprolalia is the overuse, misuse, or inappropriate usage of profanity, phrases, or words that have been deemed taboo. This occurs in 10% if the affected population. Echolalia is a rare symptom in which the individual will repeat things they have just heard. Palilalia is another rare symptom that involves repeating something that the individual has said. This only occurs in normal conversation and not while reading aloud or singing. People with Tourette's will tend to be introverted and try as much as possible to stay out of the center of attention so as not to become embarrassed by their tic. Those with the disorder tend to have difficulty making and maintaining relationships.
Specific behavior can vary from person to person, but it generally follows these guidelines.
There is no known cause for the disorder,
although the leading theory is that it stems from
misfiring neurotransmitters.
Because of the complexity of the disorder and the multiple ways that it can appear, there is no specific drug or treatment that can be used to treat symptoms.

Psychotherapy can be used to help patients cope with their symptoms, as well as deal with the social and emotional problems that stem from it. As with drugs, no specific treatment can be used to treat everyone with Tourette's. Therapy and counseling is made for the person depending on the severity of their disorder and their age.

Tourette's Syndrome can not be cured, but treatments can be used with a near 100% success rate to treat small symptoms, as well as helping the patient learn how to better control it. Real Life Story:
I actually have Tourette's. I was diagnosed this past summer. My tics are sniffing and Coprolalia, and because of it I can tend to be more quiet in public than I am around my friends. When I was younger I was uncomfortable spending time with other people, and I would typically spend my time reading or socializing with a very small group of friends. I have had therapy, and I have been able to better deal with my tics, especially Coprolalia.
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