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    Tourette Syndrome: Other Concerns and Conditions
    Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
    February 18, 2013

    Tourette Syndrome (TS) often occurs with other related conditions (also called co-occurring conditions). These conditions can include attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other behavioral or conduct problems. People with TS and related conditions can be at higher risk for learning, behavioral, and social problems.

    The symptoms of other disorders can complicate the diagnosis and treatment of TS and create extra challenges for people with TS and their families, educators, and health professionals. Findings from a national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study indicated that 79% of children who had been diagnosed with TS also had been diagnosed with at least one additional mental health, behavioral, or developmental condition based on parent report.

    Among children with TS:
    • 64% had ADHD.
    • 43% had behavioral problems, such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct
    • disorder (CD).
    • 40% had anxiety problems.
    • 36% had depression.
    • 28% had a developmental delay

    Because co-occurring conditions are so common among people with TS, it is important for doctors to assess every child with TS for other conditions and problems.

    Complete article is available below for download and / or printing.

    Visit the CDC website: Tourette Syndrome Other Concerns and Conditions for more links to additional resources on associated disorders as well as the CDC page that provides an overview and introduction to Tourette Syndrome, What Should You Know?

    The CDC provides many Tourette related, Free Materials HERE

    This CDC web page and article are also available in Spanish HERE
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