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what are tics associated with tourettes syndrome?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Combination of...: Motor tics(frequent involuntary movements such as shrugging of shoulder) and vocal tics such as clearing of throat.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Are tics that are caused by medication side effects also called tourette's syndrome?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: Tics can be worsened or brought out by medications, but are not then called tourette's syndrome (ts). Ts is present before any medications are used. It is an inherited neurobiological disorder, or an acquired autoimmune disorder. Tics that occur with meds are usually already present and subclinical, just worsened by the medication.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do peoples tics begin when they are developing tourette's syndrome?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Varies: Some pts develop their tics gradually over many months. Others get tics suddenly. Sudden onset of tics suggests panda's (see my health tips). Most often a single muscle group or area tics. Then they may change to another. In severe cases multiple muscle groups get recruited in the tic. Finally, vocalizations may occur in a similar manner - from simple to complex and intrusive.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Long term effects from tics and tourettes?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depends: Most individuals who experience tics in childhood will have them disappear as they grow older. Statistically, 1/3 will outgrow the tics while another 1/3 will continue to have a few tics that come and go. Less than 1/3 will have a severe case that has a significant impact on their lives. Most tics are harmless and the most troubling symptoms are co-occurring symptoms of adhd, depression or ocd.
A 44-year-old member asked:

When do your symptoms of tics become called tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sounds: By definition, using the psychiatric book called the dsm iv, the diagnosis of tourette's disorder is given when a person has tics that make sounds, like throat clearing, making words or snorting. It is very unusual to have actual words and even more unusual to say bad words. Most commonly, throat clearing and nose snorting noises occur. That is why it can be confused with allergies at times.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How would I know if I have tourette syndrome tic?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Severe worsening: Tic disorders are usually benign. In rare cases they can accumulate, involve vocalizations, disrupt social settings and worsen over more than a year. They are then referred to as tourette syndrome. This is named after gilles de la tourette who was a character in a french novel with similar features. This is rare and hard to manage. Tic disorders can respond to distraction and calming.

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