Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes people to make involuntary movements and sounds called tics. Tics are sudden, repetitive movements or vocalizations that can be difficult for the person who has them. They may also cause embarrassment or shame in social situations.
There’s no cure for Tourette syndrome, but medications can help control symptoms. Similarly, no test can prove you have Tourettes. A doctor will ask questions about your medical history and give you a physical exam. A neurology specialist might be asked to evaluate the affected person.
The first step in diagnosing Tourette syndrome is ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms like anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, sleep disorders, and certain types of seizures.
Suppose your doctor suspects you might have Tourettes. In that case, he’ll ask about your medical history and do a physical exam to look for signs of the condition such as eye twitching or facial grimacing during voluntary movements such as speaking or eating.
Living with a chronic condition like Tourette syndrome can feel overwhelming at times, but there is hope. There are many ways to manage symptoms and live well with TS. Once diagnosed, your doctor will work closely with you on treatment options based on your specific needs.
It’s important for everyone living with Tourette syndrome or any other type of tic disorder to learn as much as they can about their condition and available treatments so they can make informed decisions about their care plan together with their healthcare provider.
This includes knowing which medications might help reduce tics or related behaviors such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) if present. There’s no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to managing symptoms of TS. Every person has different needs and experiences.
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