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What is Tourette’s?

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition that causes you to make involuntary movements and sounds called tics. Tics are fast, repetitive muscle movements that cause sudden body jerks or sounds.

The cause of Tourette syndrome is unknown, but theories include bacterial infection, abnormalities in the metabolism of brain chemicals and genetic factors. As stress and emotional overexcitement seem to make the condition worse, learning relaxation techniques can help.

Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics.

It usually starts during childhood, but the tics and other symptoms usually improve after several years and sometimes go away completely.

There’s no cure for Tourette’s syndrome, but treatment can help manage symptoms.

People with Tourette’s syndrome may also have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning difficulties.


Tics are the main symptom of Tourette’s syndrome. They usually appear in childhood between the ages of 2 and 14 (around 6 years is the average).

People with Tourette’s syndrome have a combination of physical and vocal tics.

Examples of physical tics include:

  • blinking
  • eye rolling
  • grimacing
  • shoulder shrugging
  • jerking of the head or limbs
  • jumping
  • twirling
  • touching objects and other people

Does this sound like you?

We would always recommend seeking further assistance, guidance, and a diagnosis from your GP.