Tourette’s Syndrome is a condition that causes someone to make involuntary movements and sounds. These movements and sounds are known as tics. 

The syndrome typically starts in childhood. However, tics and other symptoms tend to improve or disappear after a few years. 

There is currently no cure for this syndrome, but there is treatment available. 

Those who suffer from Tourette’s syndrome may also have learning difficulties, ADHD, or OCD.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome 

The main symptom of Tourette’s is tics. Tics usually start between 2 and 14 years of age. 

Those with Tourette’s can have a combination of both vocal and physical tics. 

Vocal tics can include:

  • Animal sounds
  • Coughing
  • Grunting
  • Repeating a phrase, word, or sound
  • Swearing
  • Throat clearing
  • Tongue clicking
  • Using random phrases and words
  • Whistling

Physical tics can include:

  • Blinking
  • Eye rolling
  • Grimacing
  • Jerking the limbs or head
  • Jumping
  • Shoulder shrugging
  • Touching other people and objects
  • Twirling

Tics are not typically harmful to overall health. However, some tics can be quite painful. 

Tics can typically be worse if the sufferer is anxious, stressed, or tired. 

Treatment for Tourette’s Syndrome

You can find more information about premonitory sensations and treatment here: https://www.healthline.com/health/gilles-de-la-tourette-syndrome.

The Causes of Tourette’s 

The cause of Tourette’s is as yet unknown. However, the medical world has established that it could be linked to the area of the brain that helps to regulate the body’s movements. 

Males are much more likely to be affected by Tourette’s syndrome than females. However, the reasons are still unknown. 

Whether you need support in Brayton or the surrounding areas, you’re not alone. There are many organisations that can help you. 

Some of these organisations are: 

  • Tourettes Action: 0330 777 8427
  • Touretteshero.com
  • Tourettes-action.org.uk

 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk