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    Are there other conditions that are commonly associated with Tourette’s Syndrome?

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    Dr. Melinda Ricci has a passion for optimizing health and preventing injury. Success Chiropractic has a Pediatric treatment facility, remedial massage, yoga and pilates classes … View Profile

    Some cases of tourettes involve the basal ganglia, a part of the brain important in controlling impulses. If the basal ganglia is overactive, or if there is a lack of inhibition to this area from higher brain centres a person can demonstrate impulsive and erratic behaviours similar to thoses exhibited by ADHD patients. Therefore it is common for tourettes patients to also be diagnosed as suffering ADHD. 

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    Dr Tim Edwards-Hart

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    Dr Tim Edwards-Hart is a clinical psychologist working with young people (ages 13-25) and their families, specialising in assessing and treating ADHD, anxiety, and related … View Profile

    As Dr Rici noted, ADHD is one of the most common conditions associated with Tourette's Syndrome. In fact, ADHD is thought to affect over 50% of people with Tourette's. Other common conditions, especially in childhood, include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders. There is also an increased risk for disruptive behaviour and learning difficulties although these may be linked to the other co-occurring conditions, or their combination with Tourette's, rather than Tourette's itself. In teenagers and adults, depression and substance use disorders become more likely. 

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