Anxiety and Tourette Syndrome

August 24, 2023

4:00-5:00 PM EDT

Anxiety disorders are common in youth with Tourette/Tic Disorders and can be impairing. In this session, we will discuss how anxiety may present in Tourette and the relationship between anxiety and tics. We will also review the impact that anxiety can have in social settings, at home, and in school. Then, we will discuss when to consider treatment for anxiety and the various treatment approaches that may be used. Concepts related to pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies will be discussed. *CE’s will be offered*


Jennifer Vermilion, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester (NY) where she is also the Director of the Pediatric Movement Disorders Fellowship. Dr. Vermilion received her BS (Molecular and Cellular Biology) from Vanderbilt University and her MD from the University of Rochester. She completed residency training in Child Neurology at the University of Rochester, where she stayed on to complete a dual fellowship in Pediatric Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics. She then joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2019 and currently co-directs the Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester. 

Dr. Vermilion has an active research program focused on tic disorders and co-occurring conditions in youth. She is also directs the University of Rochester Batten Center, studying the natural history of and treatments for Batten Diseases. Clinically, she specializes in pediatric movement disorders with a special interest in Tourette Syndrome.  

Dr. Vermilion currently serves on the Scientific Program Committee at the CNS. She previously served as a member on the editorial board for the Resident and Fellow Section of the Neurology journal.