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There are many myths about
Tourette's disorder (TD).
"Everyone who has Tourette's disorder uses obscene words and gestures."
Most people who have the condition do not have this
"People who have Tourette's disorder often 'blow up' and get very angry."
People who have Tourette's disorder are no more likely to blow
up than other people. But some people with TD who also have
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or an
anxiety disorder may be more likely than others to
have strong emotional reactions to stress.
"Adults who have Tourette's disorder drink or have problems with substance abuse."
Like many adults, people who have Tourette's disorder may drink
or use drugs. But this type of behavior is not a cause or a direct effect of
"People who have Tourette's disorder can control their tics if they really want to."
Some people who have Tourette's disorder are able to control
their tics for short periods of time, but eventually they need to allow the
tics to occur. With treatment, people who have TD can learn the warning signs of tics and take steps to prevent them.
"People who have Tourette's disorder live restricted lives."
Most people who have Tourette's disorder live normal
"Intelligence is affected in people who have Tourette's disorder."
Tourette's disorder does not lower a person's
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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