The treatment of tics

Christopher G. Goetz, Stacy Horn

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The multidimensional elements of tic disorders and the frequent coexistence of other medical conditions make the management of Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome (TS) complex. As previous chapters have emphasized, accurate diagnosis and the definition of what behaviors represent tics and what behaviors are part of an adjustment reaction, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or other comorbidities are paramount to an appropriate treatment plan. With an accurate list of diagnoses, the clinician and patient can rank relative impairment from each and decide on the order of treatment priorities. This chapter deals with the treatment of tics themselves, and later chapters discuss the primary treatment of other comorbid conditions. Because the treatment of tics can affect these other conditions, however, mention of secondary influences of tic therapy on ADHD and OCD is addressed in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Tourette's Syndrome and Related Tic and Behavioral Disorders, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203996966
ISBN (Print)9780824753160
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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