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How can you tell if a child is faking a tic disorder?

How can you tell if a child is faking a tic disorder?

Monitor / film: Although some kids with tic disorders (under stress) can supress them to some degree, they often rebound with greater tic activity when no one is watching. One cool observation shows that kids under 8 or so are not aware of peripheral vision. If you monitor their tic behavior when they don't think you are looking it should stop in the fake. A videocam surveylance would give similar data. ...Read more

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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Tics (Definition)

Tics are clinical findings that involve repetitive jerky motor movements of discrete muscle groups. Vocal tics result in the creation of sounds such as cough, grunting, ...Read more


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How to tell if I have chronic motor tic disorder or tourettes?

How to tell if I have chronic motor tic disorder or tourettes?

Tourette's by: Definition has to include a vocal and not just a motor tic. The vocal tic can be as minor as clearing your throat repetitively. So, if you have a vocal and a motor tic, you have may have tourette's (diagnosis ultimately must be confirmed by a qualified professional who witnesses it). If you do not have a vocal tic, then you do not have tourette's. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if the use of aloe vera gel or any other supplement would help a teenager with a tic disorder? Thank you

Can you tell me if the use of aloe vera gel or any other supplement would help a teenager with a tic disorder? Thank you

Alovera not helpful: There ae no supplements that have been scientifically proven to help tic disorders. If you are interested in a non patent medicine approach, consider Cognitive Beheavioal Techniques to decrease anxiety. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a tic disorder?

Involuntary twitches: Repetitive involuntary motor twitches which are not simple habits or even repetitive speech utterances. In cases where motor tics progress to facial and vocal expressions, sometimes tourette's disorder must be considered, but simple tics can be more frequent in individuals with family history, or sometimes can be produced by stimulant medications often used dto treat adhd. ...Read more

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Do I have a tic disorder if I blink when tired?

No: That usually is a sign of tiredness. But have your doctor examine an evaluate you. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between Tourettes syndrome and a tic disorder?

Both Chronic Tic : Disorder & Tourette Syndrome begin before age 18. TS criteria require multiple motor tics & at least 1 vocal tic for a year, with tic-free periods of no longer than 2 months. ADHD & OCD complete the triad of this neurodevelopmental disorder. Chronic Tic Disorder may be limited to motor or vocal tics. If tics begin between age 6-8, they may remit after 4 years. If older, they may persist. ...Read more

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Do I have chronic tic disorder or mild tourette's, or are they the same?

Hard to say: To be a "Tourette" sufferer you would need to have a pattern of uncontrolled movement/events that fulfills the multiple pieces of this affliction.This includes vocal/throat/oral events as well as motor activity. Tourettes by definition are chronic, but you can have a chronic tic (>6mo) that is not Tourette. ...Read more

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How does one differentiate between tourettes syndrome or a tic disorder?

Pattern: A simple tic disorder is often transient, lasting 6 mo or less or one that remains confined to a single pattern. Tourette is much more involved.It involves a vocal component , which could be as simple as throat clearing or a noise, and the motor component often changes over time and varies in intensity. Tourettes is a lengthy process lasting years. ...Read more