Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder causing involuntary motor and vocal tics and affecting an estimated 200,000 Americans. Symptoms usually appear between ages six and eight, and the disorder is three times more likely to appear in boys than girls. Tourette Syndrome explores the nature of the condition including its history, diagnosis, treatment, and possible causes.
The Psychological Disorders series explores the symptoms, causes, and effects of the most common psychological disorders. Highlighting the brain chemistry and psychological processes behind the disorders, these books explain how various pharmacological and psychotherapy treatments can help ease or eliminate symptoms. Case studies illustrate how mental health problems impact everyday life so that readers can better understand the signs of psychological disorders and recognize the need for professional help.
Table of Contents
1 Overview of Tourette Syndrome 1
2 Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome 9
3 Prevalence of Tourette Syndrome 18
4 Causes of Tourette Syndrome 24
5 Medical Treatments for Tourette Syndrome 36
6 Behavioral Therapies for Tourette Syndrome 51
7 Psychiatric Disorders Associated with Tourette Syndrome 60
8 Coping Strategies for Tourette Syndrome Patients and Their Families 73
Further Resources 101
About the Author 108