Back to Tics. Tics don't always need to be treated if they're mild, but treatments are available if they're severe or are interfering with everyday life. Many tics will eventually go away or improve significantly after a few years.
Kirsten R. She is a specialist in both neurology and adult psychiatry. From to she was a grant holder of the German government Dorothea-Erxleben-Stipendium for scientific research related to Tourette syndrome TS.
Tics most often occur in children, but may last into adulthood. Tics occur 3 to 4 times as often in boys as girls. Tics may affect as many as one quarter of all children at some time.
And while symptoms can improve through maturity, many adults continue to face the symptoms of this often life-disrupting disease. Marked by involuntary and repetitive movements and vocalizations, this Tic Disorder typically first appears in young children years of age, with the most severe period around the age of While there is currently no cure, there is power in learning to manage the symptoms and the symptoms of the co-occurring conditions. Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental condition that causes involuntary motor tics and vocal tics.
Many people with TS have tics that do not get in the way of their living their daily life and, therefore, do not need any treatment. However, medication and behavioral treatments are available if tics cause pain or injury; interfere with school, work, or social life; or cause stress. Educating the community for example, peers, educators, and coworkers about TS can increase understanding of the symptoms, reduce teasing, and decrease stress for people living with TS.
This welcome guide explains how to treat tics and Tourette syndrome using natural and alternative therapies, with a focus on environmental medicine and nutritional and dietary therapy. The status of behavioral and counseling therapies, EEG biofeedback, homeopathy, bodywork, energy medicine, and Chinese medicine as approaches are explored. Author Sheila Rogers DeMare discusses a range of categories of tics including spasmodic facial movements, eye blinking, mild sounds and vocalizations.
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Movements may include eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, neck twisting, facial grimacing, sticking out tongue, flaring nostrils, clenching fists, jerking arms, kicking, and curling toes. Tics can also be vocal. These vocal tics may include throat clearing, sniffing or snorting, grunting, dry coughs, clicking, hissing, barking, or even words or phrases.