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What are the chances of a person with tourettes passing on the disease to their offspring?

What are the chances of a person with tourettes passing on the disease to their offspring?

It depends: It depends on the details of the family history. Tourette's is inherited in a complicated way that we don't completely understand, but we know that if one parent has it, each child has about a one in five chance of tourettes. If there is tourette's on both the mother's and the father's sides, the risk is even greater. Visit the national tourette syndrome association at http://www. Tsa-usa. Org/. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Definition)

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What is the difference between Parkinson's disease and tourette syndrome?

Read up: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease of a part of the brain that produces dopamine, and results in deterioration of movement and thinking. It generally affects older adults. Tourette's disease is an inherited disorder that generally shows up in childhood, and manifests with vocal and motor tics. The two conditions are different neurological illnesses with different treatments. ...Read more

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What is the dsm IV tr dianoses for tourette's disorder?

Tourette Syndrome: Multiple motor tics & at least one vocal tic for at least a year, with no tic-free period of longer than 2months. Common comorbid conditions are adhd, ocd, & other anxiety disorders. Vocal tics include throat-clearing, " huffing, " & "barking";motor tics may be simple or complex. Coprolalia (blurting out " dirty" words) occurs in about 10%. Copropraxia ("dirty" movements) is rarer. See tsa. Org. ...Read more

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What are the chances of tourette's being passed on to a child, from a parent?

What are the chances of tourette's being passed on to a child, from a parent?

Some: There is a chance of it being passed to the child especially if the child is male. On the other hand the child might not develop tourette's syndrome, but rather OCD or a milder tic disorder (or no problems at all). In other words they may have some of the other behavioral problems associated with tourette's. In some families it is inherited more strongly than in others. ...Read more

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I have moderate tourette's disorder how can I control my vocal tic's?

Many routes: Tourette's symptoms may be modified using a variety of techniques. The best source of help are other people with tourette's. Groups of people (some with physician oversight) exist online and also live. Check your region. ...Read more

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

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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What are obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) and tourette syndrome?

Somewhat alike: Both were thought to be closely related due to the anxiety and compulsions related to both but we are now rethinking this. Ocd usually more cognitive while tourette more motor but there's overlap. ...Read more

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How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?

How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?

Get expert help: Your son is very complex. So the meds will be too. But don't think of him as all these separate disorders. He really is 1 person w/ 1 complicated mental health dysfunction manifesting with symptoms of these various textbook diagnoses. I start with treatment of 1 problem, then move on to other issues. Each issue improved, makes the next problem easier to solve. He needs some success, and so do you. ...Read more

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I have a drug/nicotine screening coming up. I use the nicotine patch for Tourette's syndrome. Will I pass since I have Dr.'s recommendation?

I have a drug/nicotine screening coming up. I use the nicotine patch for Tourette's syndrome. Will I pass since I have Dr.'s recommendation?

Arrive prepared: I would bring along the medication package which has your name and the prescribing doctor's name, and I would also bring a printout from the pharmacy with a six or twelve month prescription history so that those testing you can see that clearly this is being prescribed to you. ...Read more

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What's the diff. Between Tic/ twitching and Tourette syndrome? Are they the same type of disorder? Does TS cause brain damage? Does tic?

What's the diff. Between Tic/ twitching and Tourette syndrome? Are they the same type of disorder? Does TS cause brain damage? Does tic?

Tics/Tourette's: Tourette's is an inherited neuropsyciatic disorder in childhood. It is characterized by multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic. Tourette's is is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders. There is an assoc. With ADHD and OCD. They are caused by the brain and do not cause brain damage in of themselves. What kind of "twitch are you concerned about"? ...Read more

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I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for bipolar disorder. It sometimes causes uncontrollable speech if I run out or if I'm exhausted. What could be happening? Tourette's?

I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for bipolar disorder. It sometimes causes uncontrollable speech if I run out or if I'm exhausted. What could be happening? Tourette's?

Discuss w/ doctor: Who prescribed abilify (aripiprazole). There are tourette's pts who are given this to control that symptom. I suppose, like sometimes happens with newer drugs - symptoms may be elicited. Your doctor should be told about this in detail. A different drug or dose may relieve you. Also, try not to get exhausted. Bipolar (or any) psychiatric condition is worsened by fatigue. Talk therapy may help you find balance. ...Read more

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Can a person with tourette syndrome function properly in society?

Can a person with tourette syndrome function properly in society?

Yes: Like any other neurologic condition, proper evaluation, treatment, nutrition and sleep may help. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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Is tourette's genetic?

Is tourette's genetic?

Yes, it is genetic: Tourette's disorder is among the more strongly genetic disorders with a strong behavioral presentation. Interestingly, and not yet well understood, it often co-occurs in in families with obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd), with men more likely to present with tourette's and women with ocd, although both conditions can be present in the same individual. The exact genes involved remain unknown. ...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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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