Panel Discussion: Diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome in Adulthood

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June 25, 2024
7:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
 EDT

Join the TAA for a panel discussion on Diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome in Adulthood. The discussion will center around the experience of learning about your diagnosis as an adult versus as a child. We’ll learn how to take the next steps to integrate this information into various aspects of your life to best advocate for yourself. Hear from Dr. David Isaacs, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Tourette Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders, a TAA Center of Excellence; Dr. Charles Gaylon, licensed psychologist and co-owner of Knoxville Behavioral and Mental Health Services; and Darin Bush, TAA Adult Online Support Group Facilitator, who received their TS diagnosis in adulthood

Key Takeaways:

  • How to navigate integration of a later-life diagnosis as it relates to career, marriage, family planning, caring for your physical health, and more. 
  • Learn about TS and Tic Disorder co-occurring conditions that may impact your everyday life.
  • Access resources and gain the confidence to increase your self-advocacy skills.
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David Isaacs, MD, MPH

Dr. Isaacs is a movement disorders neurologist and co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders, a TAA Center of Excellence. He provides clinical care to children, adolescents, and adults with TS or other Tic Disorders. His research examines the clinical impact and neurophysiologic correlations of non-motor features of TS. 

 

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Dr. Charles E. Galyon

Dr. Galyon is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of Knoxville Behavioral and Mental Health Services. He serves as co-chair of the OCD Training Committee for the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences and is an active member of a statewide professional group out of Vanderbilt University Medical School for the Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome. 

In practice, Dr. Galyon works primarily with children, teens, and their families to address concerns related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, TS and Tic Disorders, Functional Neurological Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Galyon also has lived experience as an individual with TS and a parent to a child with TS. 

Dr. Galyon has a background in behavior analysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He continues to develop professional trainings and materials to help professionals with compulsive behavioral disorders. 

He is an active member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences, the Panera Unlimited Sips Club, and the Knoxville Area Psychological Association. Dr. Galyon also likes cookies and philosophy. 

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Darin M. Bush

The Tourette Tiger, aka Darin M. Bush, has worked with the TS community in various roles for 30 years. He has tutored, lectured, taught classes, run workshops, led panels, and facilitated support groups. He has worked with the Tourette Associations in both the U.S. and Canada. Darin has also written short stories and jokes, invented words, designed t-shirts, created theories, ad blogged about TS and it’s co-occurring conditions. He has several neurological disorders himself, including TS, ADHD, and OCD. He also has sensory handwriting and reading difficulties, as well as a learning disability that he loves to discuss. Some of these conditions were passed on to his daughter. 

Darin worked full-time at Parkaire Consultants, a clinic with expertise in treating learning disabilities and neurological disorders. He worked as an academic tutor, specializing in teaching math and science to children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and OCD. He developed and taught a class for educators on teaching math to special education children and he contributed to the textbook Teaching the Tiger and its sequel, Tigers, Too. During this time, he served on the board at the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia and he has led several peer support groups for adults with or parents of individuals with neurological disorders. 

In 2009, Darin published Tiger Trails: An Unconventional Introduction to Tourette Syndrome, in attempt to organize the vocabulary used with TS. He currently co-leads an ADHD adult peer support group through Parkaire Consultants and participates in a Tourette peer support group. Darin is also a published genre fiction author and speaks at sci-fi and fantasy conventions, including DragonCon. He lives close to Atlanta, GA, with his wife and two very yappy dogs.