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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

Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Tics (Definition)

Repetitive movements include motor tics such as lip smacking, head turning, jerking, or tremor : verbal tics such ...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

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How to prevent tourettes's syndrome (tic disorder) which is common in children?

How to prevent tourettes's syndrome (tic disorder) which is common in children?

Not preventable: Children with tourette syndrome often has a positive family history. ...Read more

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Is there a doctor here that will help me and give accurate information and that will message back and forth to try and find what tic disorder I have?

Is there a doctor here that will help me and give accurate information and that will message back and forth to try and find what tic disorder I have?

The best diagnosis: Comes from meeting with a physician. A physician needs to both take a thorough history from you and examine you to get the right diagnosis. Also your doctor will discuss with you if any labwork or other tests will need to be done. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic motor tic disorder and movement disorders?

One of many!: Professionals use the term movement or motor disorders to identify a group of neurological disorders with a common denominator: they all have some kind of abnormal movements. Persistent or chronic tic disorder is only one of these movement disorders. Individuals with this disorder have one or several persistent tics for at least one year. Usually, this conditions starts before 18 years of age. ...Read more

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If I take clonazepam for motor tic disorder should I discontinue it before climbing Kilimanjaro?

See your physician: If the Klonopin (clonazepam) is controlling your tic disorder without any side effects of increased sleepiness or altered thinking, then there may not be a good reason to discontinue. Discontinuing such medications after prolonged use can be dangerous. Discuss with your physician before making any medication changes. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682279.html ...Read more

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How long does tranxene (clorazepate) take to remove all symptoms such as tic disorder. Also does it cure or just suppress? My body hurts and got tics and anxiety

How long does tranxene (clorazepate) take to remove all symptoms such as tic disorder. Also does it cure or just suppress? My body hurts and got tics and anxiety

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as tics, anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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7 y/o with? Asthma and tic disorder, coughing a lot, more at rest than when active (but happens both circumstances). Could the cough be a tic?

Yes: A child with previously know tic disorder may demonstrate new tics as he or she grows up. Most tics do not necessarily need to be treated. The key thing to evaluate is whether the coughing is causing any functional difficulties such as problems with speech or school difficulties. ...Read more

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Can EEG test find disorders like tic/others baby infant (10months, 18lbs) experiencing twitching I'm scared give me all advice on this please?

Can EEG test find disorders like tic/others baby infant (10months, 18lbs) experiencing twitching I'm scared give me all advice on this please?

Possibilities: The "twitching" could be relatively benign, and if there is suspicion of seizure activity, an EEG would be indicated. Discuss this with your pediatrician, as he/she will be better placed to guide you regarding your concerns. But, in my perspective, epilepsy is far less likely than a benign situation. ...Read more

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Can a tic cough come and go and eventually disappear as my child 7 gets older?

Can a tic cough come and go and eventually disappear as my child 7 gets older?

Yes.: Tics of some kind occur in up 25 percent of children at some time and spontaneously resolve. If the tic persists or there are other signs such also having movement issues, they are frequent and last more than a year or new tics develop over time this is something that should be evaluated. A simple cough tic should go away, but the child should also be checked for a physical cause of the cough. ...Read more

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I had some motor tics as a child, but never vocal tics simultaneously. As I got older they switched to vocal only. Mild case. Is it a chronic tic!

Chronic tics: Your history is consistent with a chronic tic disorder. Chronic tic disorder which changes over time and exists for more than one year is consistent with Torurette syndrome. See a neurologist as there are medications that can be helpful to controling tics, if you would like. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to teach a child to suppress the tics as much as possible?

Is there anything I can do to teach a child to suppress the tics as much as possible?

Tics can stopped: Simply ignoring tics is much better than nagging at kids to stop but doesn't necessarily make the tics go away. There are proven behavioral interventions that can help kids suppress tics or substitute less noticeable behaviors for them. Google habit reversal training. ...Read more

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What is the cause of childhood tics? Is there anything I can do to help my child's tic go away faster?

What is the cause of childhood tics? Is there anything I can do to help my child's tic go away faster?

Usually temporary: Transient tic disorder is not uncommon in children and often fades as they age. Medically treatment is usually not needed unless tics are extreme and socially uncomfortable. Try not to call attention to the tics. Sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety can aggravate them. Talk with your MD to make sure this is the case. Brain still going thru growth changes and as it matures many of these will fade. ...Read more

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What kinds of tics will a child with tourette syndrome (ts) have?

What kinds of tics will a child with tourette syndrome (ts) have?

Motor and vocal tics: Diagnostic criteria for tourette syndrome includes the presence of 2 or more motor tics and 1 or more vocal tics that start before the age of 21 and have been present for at least 12 months. The tics may come and go and may be simple or complex. There also should not be any medical cause for the tics. ...Read more

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Child with multiple motor tics now whisper repeats himself 50-100 time a day. People have said this is a vocal tic. Could he have tourette's?

Child with multiple motor tics now whisper repeats himself 50-100 time a day. People have said this is a vocal tic. Could he have tourette's?

Possible- good?: Tourette's syndrome requires the triad of a tic disorder with attention deficit disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These features need to be present for at least six months. I hope this information helps. You should take him to see a neurologist. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Can metabolic issues cause my child to be very sleepy and tic?

Can metabolic issues cause my child to be very sleepy and tic?

Yes: Metabolic issues can cause a wide array of neurological symptoms like tic or seizures or sleepiness. This can be very worrisome especially if you have a young infant. These issues are best evaluated immediately. Most states screen newborns for a variety of metabolic conditions and your family history may provide clues too. Please see a provider soon and good luck with a answer and solutions. ...Read more

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Does having motor tics as a child have something to do with poor motor development as a toddler?

Does having motor tics as a child have something to do with poor motor development as a toddler?

No: Most tic disorders are independent of other neurological problems. Tic intensity usually peaks by age 10 years and then seems to subside. There are occasional associations with underlying neurological diseases. ...Read more

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Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

No: Motor tics are, generally speaking, a biological condition, responsive to behavioral techniques, and medication. ...Read more

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Does music therapy help for a child with persistent tics?

Does music therapy help for a child with persistent tics?

No: Persistent tics in children are best ignored in most cases. If the tics are disruptive, then safe medications can be used. Avoiding caffeinated drinks and chocolate can help diminish tics. If other conditions are present with the tics (ocd, anxiety, ad/hd) then treatment directed at those conditions may help. This might be where music may be soothing enough to calm an anxious child. ...Read more