There is effective medication to treat some of the conditions that co-exist with Tourette’s Syndrome. Some medications, however, cause the tics to become more severe. Behavioral treatment and training can also help to reduce the wrongful diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and help to unearth other co-existing disorders. Supportive therapy may help a child with Tourette Syndrome to better cope with the disorder and deal with the secondary or co-existing social and emotional problems.
Although there is no cure for TS, the condition seems to improve between the ages of 16-20. As a result, some may actually become symptom-free or no longer need medication for tic suppression. Although the disorder is generally lifelong and chronic, it is not a degenerative condition. Individuals with TS have a normal life expectancy. Also, Tourette syndrome does not impair intelligence.
Note: Though tic symptoms tend to decrease with age, it is possible that co-existing neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD, OCD, generalized anxiety, depression, mood swings and panic attacks can still cause impairment in adult life.
Tourette Syndrome Treatment
There are treatments to help manage the tics caused by Tourettes Syndrome to assist patients carry out normal activities. Help is available in the form of Medications and behavioral therapy to limit the interference of tics (causing pain or anxiety) in daily life. Often, the people around someone with Tourette Syndrome do not realize that tics are something that the person cannot control and they are not being disruptive on purpose. Informing people about tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome often helps the person feel less anxious and the tics tend to lessen.
Since it is very common for someone with Tourettes Syndrome to have co-existing conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD, personalized treatment plans must be developed based on individual symptoms. Here is a list of what is commonly prescribed as treatment for those with Tourette Syndrome: