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Tourette Syndrome

Understanding Tourette Syndrome  

Tourette Syndrome is a condition of the nervous system that causes people to have tics, or rapid, sudden movements and vocal outbursts over which they have little or no control. The tics may change over time.  In many cases, they decrease during adolescence and early adulthood.1

Tourette Syndrome is diagnosed by its symptoms and the history of the onset. No definite cause has been established, but genetic studies indicate that Tourette Syndrome may be inherited. Tourette Syndrome often occurs simultaneously with other problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, anxiety, or depression.2

Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome are typically noticed in children between the ages of three and nine.  Males are affected about three times more often than females. It is estimated that one in every 100 people has Tourette Syndrome.2

There is no cure for Tourette Syndrome, but medications, along with calm, focused activities and talk therapy may help to control the symptoms.2,

Special education may be appropriate under certain circumstances. In general, people with Tourette Syndrome lead productive lives and can anticipate a normal life span.3

Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources

Advocacy and Social Connections


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Facts About Tourette Syndrome. Available online at
  2. Tourette Association of America (2011). Facts About Tourette Syndrome. Available online at
  3. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2011). Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet. Available online at


  • Oct 22 2014