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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.

Behavioural 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 - there have been trials in the UK and internationally for treating very sevre TS which has been resistant to all other means of treatment and management, with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a type of neurosurgery.  The use of DBS in patients with very severe TS is still in its research stages, and although results have been hopeful, it is still not clear whether this will become an available treatment option.

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.

 

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