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Tourettes Syndrome in Children

Tourettes syndrome (TS) is a neurological disease which means it is in the brain.

Although its specific cause is still under scientific investigation, it is believed that

tourettes is caused by neurotransmitters in the brain which do not connect properly. It is a

known fact the this disease is genetic but it is usually not passed on by parents. It is also

know that the disease can be influenced by ones environmental surroundings. Tourettes is

diagnosed after 1 year of a person experiencing the symptoms. It begins in childhood and

in most cases people grow out of it before adulthood. While tourettes’ exact cause is

unknown, it is becoming more common and in severe cases it can interfere with every day

life.

Motor tics is the biggest side effect of tourettes and in severe cases it can cause

interference. Motor tics can be vocal which may cause the person to grunt or hum. Motor

tics may also be physical by causing the persons body to have a sporadic, involuntary

movement. This is due to muscle groups. In non severe cases the person is able to live a

normal life, medication and therapy free because they may simply jerk their head or shrug

their shoulders every so often. A person with a severe case of tourettes is unable to attend

school and go about daily activities because their motor tics cause them to have more

severe movements such as repeated head jerking or other movements. In rare cases,

someone may have violent tourettes which causes the person to curse involuntarily at 2

random times.

Not only does tourettes present physical challenges, but it presents mental challenges

as well. It is known that tourettes can cause a person to…...

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