Key Facts about Tourette Syndrome
- Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics.
- Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders are not rare. The current estimates are that 1 out of every 160 children between the ages of 5-17 in the United States has TS and that 1 out of every 100 children has TS or another Tic Disorder.
- Some Tic Disorders may be transient, while others will persist into adolescence and adulthood.
- It is common for people with Tourette Syndrome to be affected by another co-occurring condition.
- Some co-occurring conditions are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
- There is no cure for Tourette Syndrome, but thanks to years of dedicated research, there are various treatment options.