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Content updated on Sep 14, 2022

What is tics?

A condition where the patient experiences a strong, almost irresistible urge to perform an action (e.g., shaking the head, squeezing the eyes, or making a particular noise). Most tics will improve with the transition to adulthood; however, the condition may persist for some. Known triggers include sleep deprivation, excitement, and stressful events.

Symptoms of tics

  • Stressed over daily life

Questions your doctor may ask to check for tics

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose tics

  • Do you feel psychologically stressed (for example, you clearly hate going to work or school)?

Treatment for tics

The first step of treatment is behavioral therapy. This can help patients learn to suppress the urge to tic until it subsides. Other options include medications and, very rarely, surgical brain implants.

Diseases related to Tics

References

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    https://n.neurology.org/content/92/19/896

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  • Pringsheim T, Holler-Managan Y, Okun MS, Jankovic J, Piacentini J, Cavanna AE, Martino D, Müller-Vahl K, Woods DW, Robinson M, Jarvie E, Roessner V, Oskoui M. Comprehensive systematic review summary: Treatment of tics in people with Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorders. Neurology. 2019 May 7;92(19):907-915. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000007467. Erratum in: Neurology. 2019 Aug 27;93(9):415. PMID: 31061209; PMCID: PMC6537130.

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