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Tourette’s syndrome: challenging misconceptions and improving understanding

Freeman-Ferguson, Mark


Mark Freeman-Ferguson


Tourette’s syndrome affects about 1% of the school-age population. Children and young people with the condition exhibit involuntary motor and vocal (also known as phonic) tics. Only 10% of those with Tourette’s syndrome have coprolalia, which involves involuntary swearing and inappropriate language. Tourette’s syndrome often presents with other conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Those affected by Tourette’s syndrome may be able to manage the condition with little or no professional support, but some may need pharmacological and nonpharmacological input, particularly from mental health services. It is essential that peers, teachers, healthcare staff and members of the public are aware of Tourette’s syndrome to ensure that children and young people living with the condition are supported well.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 19, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 21, 2022
Publication Date 2022-03
Deposit Date Mar 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2022
Journal Nursing Children and Young People
Print ISSN 2046-2336
Electronic ISSN 2046-2344
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 2
Keywords child and adolescent mental health, child behaviour, child development, child health, compassion, mental health, neurology, parents
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