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What is Tourette Syndrome? Diagnostic Criteria

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    Diagnostic Criteria

    A) Both multiple motor and one or more vocal tics have been present at some time during the illness, although not necessarily concurrently.

    B) The tics occur many times a day (usually in bouts) nearly every day or intermittently throughout a period of more than 1 year, and during this period there was never a tic-free period of more than 3 consecutive months.

    C) The onset is before age 18.

    D) The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g. stimulants) or a general medical condition (e.g. Huntington's disease or post-viral encephalitis).

    Source for Diagnostic Criteria: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV - Text Revision), published by the American Psychiatric Association, Washington D.C., 2000, the main diagnostic reference of Mental Health professionals in the United States of America and Canada

    For a comprehensive description of Tourette Syndrome, please refer to the Forum Section titled The Tic Parade that contains numerous "Sticky" articles describing Tourette Sndrome

    Related Forum article: What is Tourette Syndrome? Overviews & Handout Attachments
    Last edited by Steve; April 24, 2011, 03:11 PM. Reason: update

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