Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a condition that causes uncontrollable movements or vocalizations causing a great deal of anguish in the person who has it. These movements and vocal sounds are called “tics.” There is no cure, but there are treatments available. People with Tourette’s often have difficulties with everyday activities and may suffer from depression and anxiety.
Information. Tourette Syndrome usually starts between the ages of two and 15, with six years being the average starting age. It is a chronic condition and may last for a lifetime. Many people with TS have the most pronounced tics in early adolescence. Symptoms gradually grow worse from childhood. As the teen years progress, the tics slowly decrease into early adulthood but may become a lifelong condition. Ten to 15 percent get worse as they reach their twenties. Tics occur more frequently and dramatically when the person is under stress or anxiety and decreases in a calm state of mind or when focused on an activity. Tics do not go away during sleep but are much less pronounced.