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Tourette's syndrome: beware of caricature!

2023-12-02T13:28:40.097Z

Highlights: Tourette's syndrome: beware of caricature!. From transient tics to this syndrome defined by the combination of two motor tics and a vocal tic, there is a continuum. There are several ways to treat this disorder. In 75% of cases, it resolves spontaneously in adulthood, without the need for treatment. The syndrome of the same name is often associated with one or more psychiatric disorders (ADHD, OCD, autism, etc.) It affects 0.5 to 1% of the French population.


From transient tics to this syndrome defined by the combination of two motor tics and a vocal tic, there is a continuum. There are several ways to treat this disorder.


This is the extreme of the tic, which affects 0.5 to 1% of the French population. Described in the nineteenth century by the French neuropsychologist Gilles de la Tourette, the syndrome of the same name is often associated with one or more psychiatric disorders (ADHD, OCD, autism, etc.). But beware of the caricatured images that usually accompany Tourette's syndrome, or TS! "Not all of them are serious, coprolalia (insults) or copropraxy (obscene gestures) are not automatic," explains Dr. Andreas Hartmann, neurologist (Pitié-Salpêtrière TS Reference Center, Paris).

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From the transient tic to the SGT, there is actually a continuum. And far from always being as severe and disabling as we think, TS "is defined by the association of at least two motor tics and a vocal tic that persists beyond one year. Someone who shrugs their shoulders a little, blinks and clears their throat for at least twelve months, then has TS!" In 75% of cases, it resolves spontaneously in adulthood, without...

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