Often, when thinking about Tourette’s, one might picture what has been popularized in television or movies - that people with the syndrome have verbal outbursts. While this is possible in someone with Tourette’s, this image is not all that common. Tourettes can cause an individual to make sudden, brief unwanted movements and sounds of any kind. If you feel an urge for such actions and are accompanied by a sense of relief afterward, you may suffer from Tourette’s syndrome.
What is Tourette's syndrome?
Tourette’s is a neurological disorder that affects an estimated 200,000 children and adults in the United States. Tourette’s is characterized by repetitive, rapid movements or vocal sounds that can embarrass and affect one’s performance in school, work, and social settings. There are two types of tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome:
- Motor tics
- Vocal tics
What are Motor tics?
Motor tics are sudden, uncontrollable movements, such as grimacing, exaggerated eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, or head jerking.
What are Vocal tics?
Vocal tics are sounds uttered unintentionally, such as repeated humming, sniffing, or throat clearing.