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What Causes Tics In Children
Pharmacology: Tics are repetitive, involuntary, stylized, motor movements involving a single or complex group of muscles. Chemicals that are stimulatory in nature, such as caffeine or methylphenidate, may excite muscle fibers to contract more easily. Brain control of muscle firing may also be increased with these substances. Tics are worsened by stimulants, not caused by them. See my health guides on panda's. ...Read more
Causes of tics: Tics are involuntary movement disorders caused by imbalance of brain chemicals. Excessively high Dopamine and glutamate have been found to be underlying causes. Emotional states can exacerbate tics, but are not the underlying cause. There are many medications that can help manage tics. Contact the tourette syndrome association for more information and referral to experts in the field. ...Read more
Many: Changes of routine, as in the beginning of school after a vacation, often trigger tics. Although these situations can't always be avoided, you can prepare yourself that the tics may increase, and not get upset over it. Stimulants, such as caffeine, chocolate & otc decongestants may trigger tics. Illnesses may also, particularly if the child has panda's. Here's the nmih website on it http://intr. ...Read more
Duration: Tics come in many forms--vocal or motor, transient or chronic, simple or complex. Transient tics (vocal or motor) last only for a few days or weeks or occur only occasionally, usually under increased stress; they are quite common especially in boys 6-9 years old. They are benign, do not require treatment, and nearly always resolve spontaneously. A eye or cheek twich is a common example. ...Read more
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
Many: Facial tics can be developmental (occurring as normal development signs in 6-8 year olds), or part of a motor movement disorder (such as tourette's). Sometimes tics can be an adverse effect from medications. Also, tics can be caused by a neuroautoimmune process called panda's. See: intramural. Nimh. Nih. Gov/pdn/web. Htm. ...Read more
My 3 year old son has developed a sudden tic of over blinking and has started wetting the bed is it anything to worry about what's the cause?
Try to I.D. stressor: Tics and bedwetting are usually a response to some type of stress, such as a new sibling, a new day care, a brief separation from parent, an upcoming event, or even reflecting parental mood changes. If your child is otherwise behaving normally, ignore the tic and give your child focused attention and it usually resolves. If you suspect a more traumatic event, please speak with his doctor. ...Read more
Could schizophrenia cause tics? I had tics first but then I was diagnosed with mild schizophrenia.
Hard to say: There is certainly evidence that kids on methylphenidate may develop tics. However, there is confusion on whether the med triggers the tics or allows them to emerge a year or more before they would have naturally. A large percentage of tic disorder/tourette kids have adhd or add. Cautious management can help both the tic issue and the add, but medical management can be difficult. ...Read more
OCD MOTOR TICS: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by repetitive rituals to balance their obsessions. The cause is unknown. Motor tics are motor neuron disorders that can be classified as upper or lower characterized by muscle weakness, fasciculations, emotional lability, etc. With progressive degeneration. The cause is also unknown. ...Read more
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
Conceivable: Ref:drugs. Com chantix can cause numerous neuro symptoms like Psychiatric side effects have included insomnia (19%), abnormal dreams (9% to 13%), sleep disorder (2%), and nightmare (2%). Anxiety, depression, emotional disorder, irritability, restlessness, aggression, agitation, disorientation, dissociation, decreased libido, mood swings, abnormal thinking, it is conceivable to cause tics ...Read more
Can repeated mild head tics (quick head jerk to one side) cause concussions over time or sub concussive impacts?
I was just wondering if it is likely my children will have a motor tic as I have a undiagnosed tic (I believe it's from stress and or sleep deprived)?
It is a possibility: Tic disorders can run in families and depending upon the particular diagnosis there can be an increased risk of the tic disorder in the family. ...Read more
Not usually, but any: Medication can cause an unusual side effect in anyone. Abilify (aripiprazole) can cause involuntary motorovements, e.g., chewing the inside of one's cheek or lip moving one's hands " like a rapper, " (dyskinesia) turning one's head to the side with eyes gazing out & up (dystonia) or severe motor restlessness (akathesia). Benadryl helps, but please tell your doctor. Don't take cough meds with dextromethorphan. ...Read more
Depends: Many children who will develop tourette syndrome (ts) may first seem to have "typical" symptoms of adhd at age 6 or younger, which may result in their receiving stimulants. The average age of diagnosis of ts is about 8 years. Stimulants can unmask tics, so it may look like they are the cause. If vocal and motor tics continue even when the stimulant is stopped or start later, it is still ts. ...Read more
I have been having excessive blinking could this be caused by a nervous tic tiredness anxiety or something life threatening I am 16?
Excessive blinking: Can be Fromm anxiety or fatigue as you mention. It MAY also be from a condition that causes the eyelids to spasms which can be diagnosed and treated by your doc. Please see him/her. It is unlikely to be anything life threatening. If anxiety, a mental health professional can teach you some stress management. Peace and good health. ...Read more