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How is tourette's inherited?

How is tourette's inherited?

Multifactorial: Although clearly a genetic disorder, the mode of inheritence for tourette's is complex, involving multiple defective genes, and perhaps even an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. There is also clearly a genetic association between the triad of tourette's, ocd, and adhd, and I generally screen patients I diagnose with tourette's for concurrent adhd and/or ocd. ...Read more

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Tourette Syndrome (Definition)

A nervous system disorder involving repetitive ...Read more


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What are the causes of tourette?

What are the causes of tourette?

Not known: Tourette syndrome is a neurologic disorder of unknown etiology. Please consult this site for more info.
http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette. Htm. ...Read more

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How can I make my Tourette's go away?

Tourette's.: There are medications available to help us control the symptoms of Tourette's. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tourette's syndrome?

See a doctor: See a doctor and let them check you. ...Read more

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At what age does tourette's syndrome start?

It can vary: Adhd & obsessive-compulsive disorder form a classic triad with tourette syndrome. Adhd symptoms often start first, at age 3-5. Onset of tics is ~ age 7.The range is age 3-8, with motor tics usually preceding vocal tics. Tics wax & wane, peaking in intensity ~ age 10, fluctuating in adolescence & often improving in early adulthood. See www. Tsa-usa. Org for guidance. ...Read more

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Can self hugging be a symptom of tourette's?

Do you mean...?: Smith-magenis syndrome, right? Get the child seen by a specialist...Please. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/books/nbk1310/. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tourette's syndrome?

How do I know if I have tourette's syndrome?

Wow.: Tourette's has many symptoms. Obsessive thinking, poor social skills, motor movement problems (tics), complex tics, over focus, compulsions. Frequent strep infections may predispose to tourette's syndrome. See http://intramural. Nimh. Nih. Gov/pdn/web. Htm
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http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette. Htm for more info. ...Read more

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How young can you start seeing tourette's in children?

How young can you start seeing tourette's in children?

2 years of age: The onset of tourett syndrome is between 2 and 15 years in most of the cases. ...Read more

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What are the health risks for someone with tourette's syndrome and takes ecstasy?

Depends: Any "street" drug is never what it seems. Unless you are 100% certain that what you are taking is "extacy, x, etc., ". ..That is, pure mdma... No answer any doctor can give would be accurate. Unless what you are taking is from a medical professional, you have no idea of what it really and truly is. ...Read more

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Is it true that people with tourette's can use swear words during their outbursts?

Is it true that people with tourette's can use swear words during their outbursts?

Absolutely: The formal term is coprolalia. It occurs in about 10% of people with tourette's disorder. Although dramatic in presentation, it is just one of the forms tics can take. The definition of tourette's is that the person has both motor and vocal tics, that is semi-involuntary bursts of activity. Many describe tics as sneeze-like: sometimes you can suppress them but often they just happen. ...Read more

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I study music and am currently writing my dissertation on music and tourette's sufferers. Is there any material I should read or people to contact?

Music and Tourette's: Hi, I would highly recommend reading about 14-15 publications listed on pubmed. To get them go to www. Pubmed. Com and put this phrase into the search term- 'music and tourette's, it talks about several papers about mozart's medical history etc. ...Read more

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What is tourette syndrome?

Brain disease: Ts is a neurobiologic condition involving the thalamus in the brain, caused by inheritance, but occasionally by panda's. It's main symptoms are complex (several muscle groups moving involuntarily to appease a sensory compulsion) tics or motor movements involving various body areas, including vocalizations (complex vocal motor tics).Occasionally ts is debilitating, but most often it's treatable. ...Read more

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Does cbt work for tourette's?

For the OCD: Tourette syndrome, adhd & OCD are hand-in-glove. A specific form of cognitive-behavioral therapy called exposure-and-response-prevention is used for the ocd. Oppositional defiant disorder often accompanies the adhd. It is treated with behavior-modification & behavior management training for parents. Social skills group therapy & tutoring for associated learning disabilities are often needed. ...Read more

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What causes tourette syndrome?

Gene mapping in: Families with multi-generational GTS shows many mutant genes, alone or in combination, cause GTS. The complex patterns of inheritance & associated neuropsychiatric & neurodevelopmental disorders are on omim. Org/entry/137580? search=tourette%20gene&highlight=tourette%20gene. Until whole genome testing is affordable, a Chromosomal Microarray is the blood test most likely to detect GTS mutations. ...Read more

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How does Tourette syndrome work?

Tourette Syndrome: Is an inheritable Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by gene mutations yet to be defined. Diagnostic criteria = multiple motor tics & at least 1 vocal tic for at least a year, with no tic-free period > 2 mos. It is often associated with ADHD, OCD & other anxiety disorders. It begins in childhood. See www. Tourettesyndrome. Net for complete information & tsa-usa. Org for resources & support. ...Read more

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What are the tests for tourette syndrome?

TOURETTE SYNDROME: Dx is clinical : facial grimacing, head jerking, blinking, simple tics tocomplex tics, vocal tics. ...Read more

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How to explain tourette's to a 6 year old?

Explain: Explain what the symptoms are and that the person exhibiting them can not help themselves. Thus there is no fault or blame ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

Severe tic syndrome: Multiple tics associated with snorting, sniffing, involuntary vocalizations, and troublesome compulsive and aggressive impulses constitute the major features of gilles de la tourette syndrome. It is the rarest and most severe of the tic disorders that begins in childhood, usually as a simple tic. Hyperactivity and disorders of attention and perception are frequent. Intelligence does not decline. ...Read more

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How do I know if my son has tourette syndrome?

Motor Movements: First are involuntary motor movements. If there are complex symphonies of movements (arms, head & shoulders moving in stylized fashion) then mm is more serious. If complex movements are above & below waist, it is more severe. Finally if vocalizations are included in the tic complex, you've reached maximum complexity. If these tics disrupt behavior it's more worrisome. See competent expert for dx. ...Read more

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Why doesn't medicine help my tourette syndrome?

Do you mean your: Chronic motor &/or vocal tics have not responded to any medication prescribed by your neurologist or psychiatrist? Contact the Tourette Syndrome Association: tsa-usa. Org/aabout_tsa/aContactTSA. Htm. Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai & Weill Cornell SOM in NYC have TS centers of excellence. See http://www. Tsa-usa. Org/Medical/medical_main. Html for information on valid treatments vs. Chicanery. ...Read more

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How can I explain tourette's to a six year old?

How can I explain tourette's to a six year old?

Simply: A person with Tourette's has a feeling that they just can't stop, to do or say some thing. That might be a noise or word, or body movement, or humming or tapping or biting on something. Telling them not to do it makes it worse, but asking them to play or talking with them might stop it for a little while, when they are thinking about something else. ...Read more

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Could tourette's syndrome get worse with stress?

Could tourette's syndrome get worse with stress?

Manage stress: Symptoms, such as tics, can be worsened with stress. The disorder itself is also a stressor, so it is important that good stress management techniques be utilized. ...Read more

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Is it important to treat tourette syndrome early?

Is it important to treat tourette syndrome early?

Yes: It's best to diagnose and treat early for best results later on. ...Read more

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Can you get Tourette Syndrome after the age of 7?

Yes: If you are concerned about Tourette's, see your doctor. There are other types of tic disorders which may be very common, and may resolve on their own. Tourette's is a particular type of tic disorder which also involves involuntary vocalizations. ...Read more

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What kinds of meds are used for tourette syndrome?

What kinds of meds are used for tourette syndrome?

Tourette: Typical & atypical antipsychotics, such as orap, haldol, risperdal, geodon (ziprasidone). Also, Clonidine & Tenex can be tried since they have fewer side-effects. ...Read more

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What are the different signs of tourette syndrome?

Tics: Multiple motor tics & at least one vocal tic that have lasted for at least a year. If there were tic-free periods, they lasted no longer than two months. A triad of tics, adhd & obsessive-compulsive disorders is usually seen. Language-based learning disabilities, habit disorders & mood disorders are common. Autistic disorder can co-occur. ...Read more

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Does tourette syndrome worsen at the age of eighteen?

Usually, no.: Tourette's syndrome usually peaks in mid-adolescence and improves in the late teens and adulthood. 10-15% of affected individuals will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. ...Read more