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What’s In A Tic?

Here at the Tourette Alliance we’ve been excited about the start of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month and thinking about all of the things we wish we could share. After all, there’s far more than 30 things that are important, how do we chose?! The understanding that Tourette, a neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder, is far more than just tics is at the top of that list – yet after reaching out to those in the community we realized that there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what tics actually look or sounds like – other than the depiction we see in the media.

The diagnostic criteria is for Tourette Syndrome is actually pretty simple: At least 1 Vocal Tic & 2 Motor Tics that may wax and wane in frequency but have persisted for 1 year and that start before the age of 18.

Which brings us to the tics themselves. What *are* tics?
“Tics are involuntary or semi-voluntary, sudden, brief, intermittent, repetitive movements or muscle contractions (motor) or sounds (vocal) that are classified as simple or complex”

We’ve compiled a list of examples of both simple and complex motor and vocal tics below – yet these are only examples. Tics can be as varied, interesting and diverse as the individuals who have them. 

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