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.

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