Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that is characterized by tics--involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way.
- Both multiple motor and one or more vocal tics present at some time during the illness although not necessarily at the same time.
- The occurance of tics many times a day nearly every day or intermittently through the span of more than one year.
- Periodic changes in the number, frequency, type and location of the tics and waxing and waning in their severity. Symptoms can sometimes disappear for weeks or months at a time.
- Onset of symptoms is before the age of 18 and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 7 and 10.
Tourette Syndrome can be a very complex disorder and manifests very differently from one individual to another. See our TS Primer
for additional information.
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