National Authority to Advise Professionals on Identifying Signs, Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome

Healthcare, Education, Psychology Professionals Invited to Attend
Grand Rounds Session at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ
on November 16 from 12 noon-1:30 pm

The Tourette Syndrome Association of NJ and Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ are hosting Grand Rounds. Dr. Cathy Budman, Director of the Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry, North Shore University Hospital – LIJ Health System, will present the program “TOURETTE SYNDROME AND ASSOCIATED MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS; A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO SYMPTOM IDENTIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.”

The practicum will provide healthcare professionals with the tools to evaluate and identify the signs and symptoms of Tourette Syndrome (TS) in patients. The program will be held on November 16 at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. A light lunch will be provided.

Dr. Budman is a national authority on Tourette Syndrome and its co-occuring conditions. She is Director of the Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry at North Shore University and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Budman serves on the National Medical Advisory Board for the Tourette Syndrome Association. She serves as a consultant to the New Jersey Center for the Treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Dr. Budman’s clinical research has focused on the treatment of TS and its associated disorders, with an emphasis on the phenomenology and treatment of explosive outbursts in TS. She is also engaged in ongoing studies exploring the genetics and neurobiology of TS. Dr. Budman has authored and co-authored numerous publications and educational materials on TS and related disorders.

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal (phonic) sounds called tics. According to the National Institutes of Health, the incidence of Tourette Syndrome in the general population may be as high as 1 in 200—or 28,000 children and adolescents in New Jersey alone. Many of these children remain misdiagnosed or undiagnosed often for several years as many healthcare professionals have very little training or experience treating children with TS, and often don’t associate Tourette Syndrome with its accompanying disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, impulse control and depression. TS impacts every facet of a child’s life: physical, social, emotional, and academic. What’s more, when Tourette Syndrome is undiagnosed and drugs for treating other disorders are prescribed, they often aggravate symptoms, making life for the child and his family even more difficult.

To register call Erin Myers at Bergen Regional Medical Center 210-967-5253 There is no charge to attend however space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first come basis.

For more information about mental health services at Bergen Regional Medical Center, contact:

Contact info:
Shavonda Sumter
Director of Business Development
Behavioral Health Services
Bergen Regional Medical Center, L.P.
230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

For more information about Tourette Syndrome including support groups, school in-services and college workshops contact:
Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey, Inc.
50 Division Street • Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone 908-575-7350 • Fax 908-575-8699
Web Site: www.tsanj.org • e-mail: info@tsanj.org