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Tourette Syndrome, despite all the information we’ve gained in the last 15 years, is still a hard topic to find information on. Unfortunately, the media has chosen to pick out the parts of the disorder that it deems funny, and the rest of the information seems tucked away in textbooks on dusty corners of doctors’ desks.
Well, no more. Here is the first of 10 questions that touch on topics I’ve talked about with parents of children (and individuals) with Tourettes multiple times. You want a quick, easy answer to share with someone who doesn’t understand? Hopefully, I’ll have it right here as part of this series!
Also, if you want more information about a certain topic, I’ve linked related posts underneath each answer. My related posts will have more sources that you can look up on the topic if you so desire.
What Are Tics in Tourette Syndrome? Are they Bugs?
No, the bug version is spelled, “T-I-C-K.” Tics that are found in Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders are defined as, “sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people do repeatedly,” by the Center of Disease Control’s article, Facts About Tourette Syndrome. Tics can increase or decrease, and are often exacerbated by heightened stress levels, physical injuries, illness, or even seeing other people tic.
Because Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder, it’s probable that tics originate in the brain. According to the National Institutes of of Health article, Basal ganglia dysfunction in Tourette’s syndrome: a new hypothesis, Tourettes hypothesized to involve in the Basal Ganglia portion of the brain.
For more information, see: What is Tourette Syndrome?