Tics and Tourette Syndrome /

Tourette Syndrome

01 What Do I Need To Know?


A) Both multiple motor and one or more vocal tics have been present at some time during the illness, although not necessarily concurrently. 

B) The tics occur many times a day (usually in bouts) nearly every day or intermittently throughout a period of more than 1 year, and during this period there was never a tic-free period of more than 3 consecutive months. 

C) The onset is before age 18. 

D) The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g. stimulants) or a general medical condition (e.g. Huntington's disease or post-viral encephalitis). 

Source for Diagnostic Criteria: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV - Text Revision), published by the American Psychiatric Association, Washington D.C., 2000. 

02 Clinicians Tools and Resources

  • Medscape reference

Pediatric Tourette Syndrome

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Last updated: 01/09/2011