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When tics become pervasive, cognitive behavioural therapy is effective, but demanding

2023-12-02T13:29:49.525Z

Highlights: Cognitive behavioural therapies are the treatment of choice when tics are bothersome and poorly tolerated. The idea is to give the child a strategy to control his or her tics and, ultimately, make them disappear. CBT, however, requires "motivation and availability on the part of the parents, as the child has to do about ten minutes of exercise every day" Two techniques are validated. The oldest, developed in the U.S., consists of setting up an incompatible movement.


The idea is to give the child a strategy to control his or her own tics and, ultimately, make them disappear.


Brief and effective, cognitive behavioral therapies are the treatment of choice when tics are bothersome and poorly tolerated. A first psychoeducation session is used to explain what it is about and to reassure. Once the disease is well understood, the idea is to give the child a strategy to control his or her tics on his or her own and, ultimately, make them disappear. CBT, however, requires "motivation and availability on the part of the parents, as the child has to do about ten minutes of exercise every day. The more the child practices, the faster and greater the effects will be. For practical reasons, we offer the family to see us once and subsequent consultations can be done by video," explains Virginie Czernecki, doctor of neuroscience (Pitié-Salpêtrière reference center, Paris).

Two techniques are validated. The oldest, developed in the United States, consists of setting up an incompatible movement...

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Source: lefigaro

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