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Unformatted text preview: http://www.tourettes-disorder.com/home.html "Tourette Syndrome was considered rare and exotic at one time (however now ,) Tourette's syndrome is a relatively common childhood-onset disorder defined by persistent motor and vocal tics and frequently associated with obsessions, compulsions, and attentional difficulties." an individual was viewed as having violent muscle contortions (motor tics) and vocal disruptions (vocal tics) combined with outburst of swearing and obscenities. No cure yet exists , but symptoms are often treatable with various medications, behavioural therapy and alternative treatments. It should be noted that there is not any peer reviewed scientific evidence, yet, of success with "alternative therapies." Even results of behavioural therapy are unclear long-term, and are going to be studied on a well-designed TSA grant possibly starting in 2004. There is a possibility of common co-morbid conditions found in patients with Tourette Syndrome though they are not required for diagnosis. (" co-morbid " means the presence of one or more disorders (or diseases) in addition to a primary disease or disorder.) Examples are Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder OCD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD. There are those that feel Tourette Syndrome rarely exists in isolation and is part of a global neurological dysfunction, which includes but is not limited to tics, and dysinhibition. Where does one draw the line? Is this a symptom of Tourette Syndrome or is it part of ADHD or OCD or, does it really matter? Tourette Syndrome is something more akin to cross wiring and the reality being that daily function requires one deal with what is thrown at one regardless as to what it is called." - Colleen Wang, Tourette Spectrum Association Inc. Here again is also a great perception and explanation of Tourette Syndrome. "Tourette Syndrome is not a disease; it is a syndrome, a cluster of recognizable patterns. There are no tests for it. The diagnosis is by history and observation only, and the boundary is fuzzy. No one has decided how many tics a day are necessary to call it a tic disorder. (Spitting 3 times in school, for example, will probably result in a phone call, whereas 10,000 eye-blinks won't!) Although tics are often described as "rapid" or "sudden," not all are; some tics are "held" or "tonic" movements involving freezing in a position for a few seconds. "Purposeless" is another descriptor, but because many tics are preceded by an uncomfortable feeling to which the tic is a response, this word also isn't...
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2008 for the course BIOL 1101 taught by Professor Mason during the Spring '08 term at Middle Georgia State College.
- Spring '08