What is Tourette syndrome?
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that may cause sudden unwanted and uncontrolled rapid and repeated movements or vocal sounds called tics. TS is one of a group of disorders of the developing nervous system called tic disorders.
It is a disability.
People with Tourette syndrome may have co-occurring conditions namely other mental, behavioural, or developmental conditions that may be present prior to the onset of tics. While tics are the primary symptoms, these co-occurring conditions may cause more problems and can be more bothersome than the tics themselves.
Terms associated with Tourette’s syndrome
Copropraxia – complex motor tic symptom involving obscene gestures, such as gestures representing obscene words or with genital reference.
Tics – uncontrolled sudden, repetitive muscle movements and sounds.