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Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?
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In brief: No
Motor tics are, generally speaking, a biological condition, responsive to behavioral techniques, and medication.

In brief: No
Motor tics are, generally speaking, a biological condition, responsive to behavioral techniques, and medication.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Tics can be worsened by stress.
So sexual abuse can trigger anxiety, and possibly tics. But motor movement disorders and tourette's are not caused by environmental factors. A more likely result of sexual abuse are symptoms consistent with post traumatic disorder, withdrawal, sexual precocity, aggression, and aloofness.

In brief: Not necessarily
Tics can be worsened by stress.
So sexual abuse can trigger anxiety, and possibly tics. But motor movement disorders and tourette's are not caused by environmental factors. A more likely result of sexual abuse are symptoms consistent with post traumatic disorder, withdrawal, sexual precocity, aggression, and aloofness.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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