August 19, 2005, 03:33 PM
What's a Tic?
TOURETTE SYNDROME is a brain disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called tics.
Tics may include repetitive eye blinking, head jerking, neck stretching, foot stamping, or body twisting and bending. In a few cases, such tics can include inappropriate words and phrases.
It is not uncommon for a person with Tourette Syndrome to continuously clear his or her throat, cough, sniff, grunt, yelp, or shout.
A few people with Tourette's engage in self-harming behaviors such as lip and cheek biting and head banging.
Involuntary movements - Actions beyond one's control that sometimes can be suppressed, but only for very limited periods and then must be expressed
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
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Last edited by Steve; May 21, 2007 at 10:08 PM.
July 31, 2014, 10:03 PM
Re: What's a Tic?
Attached are two jpg images of pages from A Family's Guide To Tourette Syndrome published by the Tourette Syndrome Association (U.S.)
These individual files can be downloaded and printed.
This excellent overview of Tourette tics offers a comprehensive view of the nature and complexity of Tourette tics.