Could Your Child Have Tourette Syndrome?
The following article was written by Jeannette Moninger and published by iVillage.
Recently, 12 teenage girls who attend the same upstate New York high school suddenly began experiencing uncontrollable movements and sounds called “tics,” which are common symptoms of Tourette Syndrome. Although experts say these teens most likely are suffering from a psychological disorder — Tourette’s is a neurological disorder — their story is nonetheless calling attention to a condition that afflicts more than 200,000 children in the U.S.
“Tourette Syndrome is typically first noticed in elementary-school children and worsens during puberty,” says Donald Gilbert, M.D., director of the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.