What is Tourette syndrome?
Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterised by multiple tics, which are sudden, repetitive involuntary movements and sounds.
There is no cure for Tourette syndrome, however the tics can improve over years and sometimes go away completely. There are treatments to help manage the tics.
Tics can be affected if you are stressed, tired or have anxiety. It can be exhausting trying to control tics in social situations, like a classroom or in public, so there may be a build up of tics afterwards.
What causes Tourette syndrome?
The cause of Tourette syndrome is unknown. It is thought to involve the interaction of multiple gene variations and environmental factors.
If your child starts experiencing tics, you should contact your GP.
What are the symptoms of Tourette syndrome?
Tourette’s can affect people differently, some can be more severe than others. Symptoms can include:
- Sudden movements of arms and legs
- Shouting with very little control
Children may also experience other behavioural problems. Tourette syndrome can often be linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).