U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for people with tourette's syndrome to have violent outbursts instead of vocal or small motor tics?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Not typical: People with tourette's can have violent outbursts that may be tics - in which we would call "vocal tics, ' if the vocalization is stylized and repetitive. But these patients may also have temperament problems that are not tic related. Best to discuss temperament and vocal tics with your doctor.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Not Violent Behavior: If by outbursts you mean violent or aggressive behavior, then the answer is no. Verbal outbursts can occur, but any violent behavior would have more to do with the impulsivity and hyperactivity that often go along with tourette's, instead being related to the tics themselves.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 43-year-old member asked:
How do peoples tics begin when they are developing tourette's syndrome?
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 46-year-old member asked:
How would I know if I have tourette syndrome tic?
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
What kinds of tics will a child with tourette syndrome (ts) have?
1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
A 43-year-old member asked:
Could motor and verbal tics be the only symptoms of tourette syndrome?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.