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A 25-year-old member asked:

are tourette's syndrome and ocd related in anyway?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: Commonly, ocd, tourette's, and adhd may be seen in the same patient, to varying degrees.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
One interesting finding is that in families with a heavy occurrence of Tourette's Disorder is that males often are more likely to have Tourette's and females often have OCD. ADHD is quite common with Tourette's.
Feb 3, 2012
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: Studies have demonstrated that 50% of those with tourette syndrome also have OCD and 10% of those with OCD also have tourette syndrome. Tourette syndrome has to do with recurrent sounds and movements (vocal and motor tics) and OCD has to do with recurrent thoughts and behaviors (obsessions and compulsions). This is considered a "spectrum disorder" often with family members variously affected.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Brain disease: Ts is a neurobiologic condition involving the thalamus in the brain, caused by inheritance, but occasionally by panda's. It's main symptoms are complex(several muscle groups moving involuntarily to appease a sensory compulsion) tics or motor movements involving various body areas, including vocalizations (complex vocal motor tics).Occasionally ts is debilitating, but most often it's treatable.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Severe tic syndrome: Multiple tics associated with snorting, sniffing, involuntary vocalizations, and troublesome compulsive and aggressive impulses constitute the major features of gilles de la tourette syndrome. It is the rarest and most severe of the tic disorders that begins in childhood, usually as a simple tic. Hyperactivity and disorders of attention and perception are frequent. Intelligence does not decline.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How is tourette's inherited?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Multifactorial: Although clearly a genetic disorder, the mode of inheritence for tourette's is complex, involving multiple defective genes, and perhaps even an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. There is also clearly a genetic association between the triad of tourette's, ocd, and adhd, and i generally screen patients i diagnose with tourette's for concurrent adhd and/or ocd.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is it true that people with tourette's can use swear words during their outbursts?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Absolutely: The formal term is coprolalia. It occurs in about 10% of people with tourette's disorder. Although dramatic in presentation, it is just one of the forms tics can take. The definition of tourette's is that the person has both motor and vocal tics, that is semi-involuntary bursts of activity. Many describe tics as sneeze-like: sometimes you can suppress them but often they just happen.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs commented
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
I've had several patients come to me by getting suspended from school for cursing at school. They were thought to be "conduct" or "behavior" problems. Turned out they had coprolalia associated with Tourette's disorder.
Jan 18, 2012
A 38-year-old member asked:

Any treatment for tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Tourette: Most cases are mild & require no medications, can benefit from reassurance & psychobehavioral therapy (cognitive therapy, biofeedback) & education. Medications that are helpful for tics are; clonidine, orap, (pimozide) tenex, and other medications that treat comorbid conditions such as OCD & adhd.

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