How are TS and Other Tic Disorders Treated?

Treatment is not always required for Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorders. In all cases, it is essential to educate the individual and others in their life about TS/Tic Disorders and to provide appropriate supports across all settings (school, work, home, etc.)

When tics become problematic or interfere with daily functioning, behavioral treatment or medication may be considered.

Because each patient is unique, the individual or family should work with a clinician to determine an appropriate treatment plan. It may take some time and patience to determine the most effective approach. A clinician may recommend first treating one of the co-occurring conditions if it is more bothersome or problematic than the tics. It is usually best to begin with an effective treatment that is unlikely to cause any side effects.

Possible Treatments Include:

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)


Speech Therapies