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How to tell if i have tourette's or ocd?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
See a psychiatrist: Tourette's disorder is characterized by uncontrolled utterances or movements and ocd involves obssesive thoughts with compulsive behaviors that are usually a way of decreasing anxiety related to the obssesive thoughts. A psychiatrist can help you sort this out and recommend treatment if indicated.
Dr. Timothy Re
Dr. Timothy Re commented
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
We used to think there was much overlap and relation between the two. They can share many similar characteristics
Feb 27, 2013
Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 26 years experience
See a doctor: There often can be what appears to be ocd in a person prior to the onset of the tics. If there are motor and verbal tics, then the diagnosis of tourette syndrome is clear. There can still be obsessions and compulsions. Seeing a pyschiatrist or neurologist is the best option.

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Can you tell me about tourettes?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Tourette Syndrome is: a neurological disorder characted by repetitive, stereotypic, involuntary motor movements & sounds called motor & vocal tics that have lasted at least a year without more than a 2-month period without tics. It is often associated with ADHD & OCD. It usually starts in childhood & is 3-4 times more common in boys than girls. Tics may peak before puberty & abate in adolescence or young adulthood.

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