Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Tic Disorders/Tourette's Syndrome

We treat children, adolescents, and adults with tic disorders. Individuals with chronic tic disorders, including Tourette's syndrome, have strong, unwanted urges to repeatedly make sudden, stereotyped movements or sounds. Tics can be brief, meaningless sounds or movements, or more complex, seemingly organized series of actions. Tic frequency may increase due to stress, tiredness, and changes in emotions. Tics may cause substantial life distress or disruption in role functioning, and often co-occur with other problems such as anxiety, depression, and attentional difficulties. The average onset of tics is between 7-10 years old.

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