How to Treat Tourette Syndrome

  posted by: Gretchen

 

 

How to Cure Tourette SyndromeTourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that starts from childhood like between 3 and 10 years of age.  It is actually a type of tic disorder and kids who have this disorder repeat involuntary movements and sounds.  The movements and sounds come and go but can cause impairment in an adult.  This syndrome is named after Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette.  Males who suffer from this syndrome have bigger percentage compared to females.  If you see your child repeating movements or sounds, he may have a tic but not a Tourette syndrome.

According to the statistics released by CDC, they found out that 3 out of every 1000children, age ranging from 6 to 17 suffer from Tourette’s syndrome.  Refer to your doctor if you think your child or toddler has it.  This article aims to help you learn more facts about this syndrome.

What Causes Tourette Syndrome ?

It is caused by abnormalities in brain regions (that include frontal lobes, basal ganglia, and cortex), the circuits that interconnect these brain regions, and the neurotransmitters.

What are the Signs/ Symptoms ?

  • Forceful eye blinking
  • Bending over and touching the ground
  • Facial grimacing
  • Shoulder shrugging
  • Sniffing
  • Throat-clearing
  • Grunting sounds

Treatment

There is no cure for this treatment. Management of its signs and symptoms include behavioral, pharmacological, and psychological therapies.  Tics in children can be controlled or minimized by medication. Find a good physician that has enough knowledge and experience in treating this syndrome.  However, you can try the following:

  • Employ relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, stretching, and deep breathing.  This syndrome can be triggered by stress so these techniques can be of help.
  • You can also try cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  This therapy is used to get rid of negative thoughts connected to random involuntary movements or tics.  This can be an effective way to treat it.
  • The most effective medicines are neuroleptics which block dopamine. These include Haldol, Orap, Reisperdal, Prolixin, Navane, Zyprexa, Abilify, and Geodon.  Haldol and Orap are approved for treating tics, the rest have not been proven.

Famous People with Tourette Syndrome

  • Tim Howard
  • Howard Hughes
  • David Beckham
  • Dr. Samuel Johnson

Do not let this syndrome hinder you from achieving your dreams.  Stay strong and live your life.

 

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