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Symptoms of Tourettes Syndrome

Tourettes syndrome is characterised by tic(the involuntary, stereotype movements). It typically occurs in early child hood. People experienced the worst phase of the disorder in their early teens. Symptoms seem to recede as the persons pass through late teens and reaches early adulthood.

The average onset of the disease is between the ages of 7 and 10 years. Tourettes syndrome occurs among all the ethnicities. One statistical report estimates that around 200,000 Americans have sever Tourette syndrome. One in every 100 persons suffer with mild to moderate symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics or transient tics that are characteristic features of childhood.

<span style="font-size: medium;"Symptoms of Tourettes Syndrome and Types of Tics

There are two types of tics . These include simple and complex tics.

Simple Tics

Deficits such as sudden random, brief, stereotype, repetitive movements which involve the movement of few muscles are called simple tics. These include:

  • Eye blinking and other irregularities of vision
  • Grim face
  • Shrugging and jerking of shoulder, head and neck
  • Simple vocalizations (include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds)

Complex tics

Complex tics generally include the simple tics expressed with more frequency and intensity. Apart from this complex tics may involve words and phrases. They may also result self harm.

Excitement and anxiety worsen the tics. Tics are attenuated during calm, focussed activities done with composure. Physical experiences that strain and suffocate the individual may lead to increased tics. Tight collars, hearing while others sniff are some of the worst irritants that induce tics. During sleep tics are reduced though do not diminish totally.

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