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A 43-year-old member asked:

Could motor and verbal tics be the only symptoms of tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes but...: Tourette syndrome is often associated with (comorbidity) obsessive compulsive disorder or adhd.
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Main symptoms : These are the hallmark of tourette's and should be present before the age of 18. The tics ususally start very simple but may become more complicated. Most cases of tourrette's are mild and do not pose significant barriers to leading a productive life. There can be comorbid disorders like adhd, ocd, impulsivity or mood disorders. These other disorders often pose more of a problem than the tics.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Are motor and verbal tics the most common symptoms of tourette syndrome? Are there any others?

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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
Pediatrics - Neurology 16 years experience
Yes: Tourette syndrome is defined as having the presence of multiple motor plus vocal tics lasting longer than 1 year with onset prior to 18 years old and not caused by another medical condition or medication. Adhd, ocd, anxiety and learning disorders are commonly associated with tourette syndrome.
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 49 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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

When do your symptoms of tics become called tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 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 36-year-old member asked:

What are tics associated with tourettes syndrome?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 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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