Managing Tourette Syndrome
There is no one treatment that can permanently stop tics; but medication and psychological therapies can help to manage symptoms.
Different ways to manage TS
Medication can be used to help reduce the frequency and/or intensity of tics for a period of time.
Psychological therapies provide tools for helping a person learn ways to change certain behaviours. Cognitive therapies can also help a person to change the way they think about tics in addition to taking certain action.
Neurosurgery has been carried out on people with severe TS that causes threm significant functional imparment. The proceedure is called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and although trials have previously been carried out in the UK, this potential treatment option is still in its experimental stage.
People in the TS community advocate the use of other approaches to help them manage symptoms, ranging from diet to complementary therapies. There is no scientific evidence to date that supports these theories, so they are not seen as validated treatment options.
Please note that you should discuss treatment of TS with your consultant. The material on this website is for information only.