What is Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette Syndrome is not a laughing matter I know too well. TS is not a psychological condition, it is a neurological one. Tourette Syndrome is probably, in part, a genetic condition, which means that a person inherits it from his or her parents. TS is not contagious. It is believed that about 100,000 Americans have the disorder. Tourette Syndrome is more common in boys than in girls.
It almost always starts before age 18 – usually between ages 5 and 7. The percentage of kids who have a complete remittance of tics as they grow older is only around 10% only. However 90% have significant reductions. Unfortunately TS stays with you all your life but it will not shorten your life nor make you sick.
The syndrome is a condition that affects a person’s central nervous system and causes tics. Tics are unwanted twitches, movements (motor tics) or sounds (vocal tics) that people make.
Read more of the article in the Kid Companions blog HERE.