Tourettes Syndrome

Tourettes syndrome is one of the worlds most misconceived disorders.

Thanks to many movies and popular culture references, most of the world not think that someone who suffers from the disorder actually just swears and yells out verbal abuse all day long.

While this can be part of the case, it is far from the truth.

Tourettes syndrome was actually named after the French doctor Georges Gilles de la Tourettes, who first described the condition in 1885.

It is thought that in most cases it is a genetic condition that’s inherited, or passed on from parent to child.

health experts still don’t know the exact cause of the problem, but some research suggests that it occurs when there are changes in the brain and problems with how nerve cells communicate.

A disturbance in the balance of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that carry nerve signals from cell to cell, may play a role.

Before you start panicking that you know someone with the disorder and are afraid they could pass it onto you, do not fear. Tourettes syndrome is not contagious!

Symptoms of Tourettes syndrome usually emerge in childhood or in the teenage years.

It is not very common with only about three in every 1,000 people having the condition. Boys are more likely than girls to have it.

To be diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome, a person must have several different types of tics specifically, multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic.

To give people an understanding of just how hard it is to control these tics, it is often referenced to an itch that just won’t go away, and that can only be relieved by scratching it, or in the case of TS, performing the tic.

For more information head to the website:

www.tourette.org.au

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