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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 fourth 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!
In case you missed them, here are links to the first three parts:
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.
How is a Diagnosis Made?
The DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) has recently changed it’s diagnostic requirements in its most recent edition. The Center of Disease Control’s article Diagnosing Tic Disorders says these are the requirements the DSM-V has for being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome:
- The individual must have multiple motor and vocal tics. (Although the tics don’t have to be present at the same time.)
- The tics must be present for at least a year.
- The tics must begin by the age of 18.
- The tics cannot be due to medicine or other medical conditions, such as seizures.
For more information, see: Does My Child Need to be Diagnosed?