What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated and involuntary body movements, otherwise known as tics, and uncontrollable vocal sounds.  In a minority of cases, the vocalizations can include socially inappropriate words and phrases.  These outbursts are neither intentional nor purposeful.  Involuntary symptoms can include eye blinking, repeated throat clearing, sniffing, arm thrusting, kicking movements, shoulder shrugging or jumping.


These and other symptoms of Tourette Syndrome typically appear before the age of 18 and the condition occurs in all ethnic groups with males affected 3 to 4 times more often than females. Although the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome vary from person to person and range from very mild to severe, the majority of cases fall into the mild category.  Associated conditions can include problems with obsession, attention problems and impulsiveness.


Most people with Tourette Syndrome lead productive lives and participate in all professions.  Increased public understanding and tolerance of Tourette Syndrome’s symptoms are very important to people with Tourette Syndrome.


If you need further information, please contact Tourette Syndrome Association at 718-224-2999, or visit them online at www.tsa-usa.org.


Phone code: 1712

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