Have I got ‘ tourettes ’?. “He’s got tourettes”. “She’s got TS”. What IS ‘ tourettes ’?. “You must have tourettes“. PS. tourettes =. Tourette Syndrome (TS). What is it?. People with Tourette Syndrome have tics Tics mean you make sounds and do movements you really can’t control
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Have I got ‘tourettes’?
“He’s got tourettes”
“She’s got TS”
What IS ‘tourettes’?
“You must have tourettes“
People with Tourette Syndrome have tics
Tics mean you make sounds and do movements you really can’t control
You have them for at least a year to be diagnosed with TS
Tourette Syndrome is not a mental illness
Tourette Syndrome does not affect how intelligent you are
You can’t catch it - it’s not infectious
Muscle movements or noises which the person can’t help doing
Tics are fast
They happen again and again
People with Tourette Syndrome are not doing them on purpose
Some examples of tics
sniffing,sn,sn ,, ,, ,,,
,,,,,,,, clicking, AHEMclearing your throatAHEMsaying the same word over and over over and over over and over over and over over and over over and over over and over overand over over and over over and over over and over over and over over and over over and over over and over AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER ANDOVER AND OVE
(the one everyone knows about)
It’s very uncommon in children with TS
It’s uncommon in adults with TS
In fact ...
... only one person in ten with TS has it
The medical name is “coprolalia”
cop – row – LA – lee – ya
He didn’t do that last week ...
They come and go
They change in how severe they are
And how often they occur
He’s doing it all the time now.
She’s just putting it on.
People with Tourette Syndrome are not doing their tics on purpose.
People with TS can stop their tics for a short time if they concentrate hard.
This sometimes confuses teachers
She IS just putting it on.
And maybe other pupils ...?
But I can’t help it...
People with Tourette Syndrome are not doing tics on purpose
How do you get it?
Tourette Syndrome is an inherited condition.
Scientists don’t yet know the exact causes.
They think is it probably a mixture of different things; genes and environment.
About 300,000 to 330,000 children and adults in the UK
One in a hundred
school children has TS.
Three times as many boys as girls have TS.
Tics often get stronger and
more obvious around the
ages of 10 to 12.
Tics often reduce
and in some people
the age of 18.
Lots of cool people!
Footballers – like Tim Howard, Everton goalie
Musicians – from Mozart to Pete Bennett
There are some tablets and pills that may help the signs of TS.
Therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy which tries to alter the way we think, and habit reversal training can help some people.
Doctors try to tell young patients that they are not alone. Many other young people have TS.
Don’t tease them about their TS
Stand up for them if they are bullied. Tell an adult.
Let them alone to release their tics in private, if they want to
Help them join in - don’t leave them out
PS: You now know more about Tourette Syndrome than most adults!
Why not test your mum or dad at home?
Ring the free Helpline 0300 777 8427
or email [email protected]
There is also lots of information on the website