Re-published review: Tourette’s syndrome and other tic disorders

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  • Hugh Rickards

Colleges, School and Institutes


Tourette's syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterised by motor and phonic tics. Although tics are common in children, only about 1% of those affected meet the criteria for Tourette's syndrome, and many are not disabled by it. Associated problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorders can often be more disabling than the tics themselves. People with Tourette's tend to be worst in their teenage years but improve in adulthood. The cause is unknown but there are strong genetic factors. Treatment should be aimed at minimising disability and includes social, psychological and biological approaches.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Issue number1024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011