I'm new to this site and just looking to gain or offer support when needed. My son is 14 yrs old, he has not been officially diagnosed but we have suspected TS for the past year. He had eye blinking when he was about 3, and much later on some vocal tics (clearing his throat). We were pretty sure that they were just his "habits" . Now that we finally clued in, we went to a support group and have done much research on TS. I'm still a little confused as to whether it is beneficial to get an official diagnosis or not. My son has mild vocal and motor tics that don't seem to be interfering with his social life or his school work. However, at times he seems withdrawn and is not interested in discussing TS. I told him that if he ever wants to ask questions or discuss anything he is more than welcome to. The family doctor asked why I would want to have him diagnosed, others say it would be better to know for sure. It doesn't make any difference to me, but would it make a difference to my son? Anybody have any thoughts on this?