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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Tourettes Aspergers Ocd

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Definition)

From the Tourette Association of America comes the following definition: “Tourette Syndrome is one type of Tic Disorder. Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. They are the defining feature of a group of childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions known collectively as Tic Disorders and individually as Tourette Syndrome, Chronic Tic Disorder (Motor or Vocal Type), and Provisional Tic Disorder. The three Tic Disorders are distinguished by the types of tics present (motor, vocal/ phonic, or both) and by the length of time that the tics have been present. Individuals with Tourette Syndrome (TS) have had at least two motor tics and at least one vocal/ phonic tic in some combination over the course of more than a year. By contrast, individuals with Chronic Tic Disorder have either motor tics or vocal tics that have been present for more than a year, and individuals with Provisional Tic Disorder have tics that have been present for less than a year”. Most state there is no cure but- As we learn more about the role of strep and other infections in Paediatric autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disease we must consider that every child with Tourette deserves an evaluation to rule out this treatable cause of illness. Review this site ...Read more


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Doctors, what is the difference between tourette's and ocd?

Doctors, what is the difference between tourette's and ocd?

Tics: Tourette's will have a motor or verbal tic with the illness, while "straight" OCD will not. ...Read more

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Can aspergers be inherited from a parent with tourette syndrome?

Can aspergers be inherited from a parent with tourette syndrome?

Tourette & Aspergers: Due to the elusive genomic of both conditions, a concrete inheritance relationship has yet to be established. There is some evidence favoring a genetic link between tourette syndrome and autism. Since asperger falls in the autism spectrum, a link is suggested. Genetic counseling can help one to gain a better understanding of these conditions. ...Read more

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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...Read more

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What are signs of OCD tourette's?

Separate those: Criteria for tourette syndrome are multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic for at least a year with no tic-free period of more than 2 months. Obsessions are recurrent thoughts that cause distress because they are seen as inappropriate or intrusive. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors done to neutralize the anxiety-provoking obsessions. Adhd completes the classic triad. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Are tourette's syndrome and OCD related in anyway?

Yes: Commonly, ocd, tourette's, and adhd may be seen in the same patient, to varying degrees. ...Read more

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Can an asperger's syndrome adult be misdiagnosed with ocd?

Certainly: Different psychiatrists have different training and experience. Many have very limited exposure to ASD resulting in frequent mis DX as they treat the sx they recognize but don't have enough experience to know what to make of the "asd type" sx. It is also possible to have aspergers and OCD that needs to be identified clinically and specifically treated. ...Read more

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Can an adult with asperger's syndrome ever be misdiagnosed with OCD instead?

Definitely: This happens less often now because of increased awareness of as. But, many teens and adults with as end up seeing doctors not because of the social problems but because of severe, impairing obsessions and repetitive behaviors. Those not familar with as well may focus just on those symptoms. Fortunately, the treatment is the same with or without as. ...Read more