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    Can Tourette’s Syndrome be cured?

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    Jennifer Grant

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    According to the US Institute of Neurological Disorders: “Although there is no cure for TS, the condition in many individuals improves in the late teens and early 20s. As a result, some may actually become symptom-free or no longer need medication for tic suppression. Although the disorder is generally lifelong and chronic, it is not a degenerative condition. Individuals with TS have a normal life expectancy. TS does not impair intelligence. Although tic symptoms tend to decrease with age, it is possible that neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD, OCD, depression, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and mood swings can persist and cause impairment in adult life”. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm#220543231)
    I am not aware of a cure. I am aware of people whose symptoms have remitted, seemingly spontaneously. Medication can help reduce the impact of some symptoms in some people. There’s a lovely catch phrase for people who’ve learnt how to manage their symptoms: “I have Tourette’s but Tourette’s doesn’t have me”.
    The Australian TS support group is a good source of information: www.tourette.org.au

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