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    What is the best course to get help for some one who has recently discovered they have TS?

    We have realized that my husband clearly has TS. There is no doubt. He went to see a walk in doctor looked at him in horror and treated him poorly. She has referred him to mental health but told him it could take 6 months to see anyone. She indirectly told him he was a danger to his children even though he has never done anything dangerous at all.

    Ever since his talk with the doctor, his tics seem worse. They have been getting worse these last few years, he is no longer able to cover them up and that is when he told me about them. I had noticed them but I guess I developed a blind eye.

    He does not want to talk about these issues to anyone unless they are very familiar with this conditions as he is afraid to tell them that he often has "Consisting of repetitive, unwanted or bothersome intrusive thoughts" among other things.

    I have called the local Vancouver chapter but no one has returned my call yet.

    Does anyone know of anyone that deals with adult TS in greater Vancouver?
    Last edited by wifeofTS; June 22, 2011 at 08:17 PM.

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    Default Re: Trouble finding good help in Greater Vancouver

    See:

    http://www.tourettesyndrome.ca/forum...ead.php?t=3095

    http://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca/teachin...ces_Centre.htm

    Mr. Ken Langford
    Office Address
    2749 West 3rd Ave.
    Vancouver, V6K 1M6
    Phone: 604 785-2129

    Dr. Josef Zaide
    205 - 2902 West Broadway
    Vancouver, V6K 2G8
    Phone: 604.724-0091
    Alternate Office:
    760 West 19th Avenue
    Vancouver, V5Z 1X2
    Website: http://members.shaw.ca/jzaide/

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    Default Re: Trouble finding good help in Greater Vancouver

    Thank you very much. I forgot I could search the forum and I will be more aware of that next time. I have written one of the doctor's in the post via email.

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    You're welcome. Good luck!

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    Smile Re: Trouble finding good help in Greater Vancouver

    If you can contact Dr. Roger Freeman, he is considered one of the leading authorities in North America on Tourette.

    If you have difficulty in making contact with the local Chapter or otherwise getting information locally, call the TSFC head office at (800) 361-3120 for information and local resources.

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    Default Re: Trouble finding good help in Greater Vancouver

    Steve,

    Thank you for the contact information. I have contacted Dr. Freeman. I wrote him an email and he wrote me back saying he can no longer take on adult patients at this time as his waiting list is unbearably long. He pointed us to a program at UBC.

    The way the program works is that you need a referral and an application package. The package is discussed with a panel and the panel decides if they need to take your case. The waiting list is also quite long.

    Dr. Freeman did briefly chat with my husband on the phone. He advised him that mental health may not be the best place to seek help. I am very grateful for his help and Dr. Freeman went above and beyond to help us in the little ways he could but in disbelief that it is this hard to find decent help in a timely manner.

    At this point it is just a waiting game. My husband has an appointment with my family doctor who has agreed to work with him on filling out his application but is not willing to take him on as a full time patient as he already has too many "disability" cases. I do like my family doctor and do think he will be willing to work with my husband.

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    Default Re: Trouble finding good help in Greater Vancouver

    I'm glad to know you were ale to get some direction from Dr. Freeman. Getting local Tourette support can sometimes be a tedious process, so you need to be persistent in your search, as you are doing.

    Have you made contact with the local TSFC Chapter for their suggestions?

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    Default Re: Trouble finding good help in Greater Vancouver

    I have talked to some one at the local chapter who also pointed me to the doctor at UBC. Seems to be the place to go to.

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    pointed me to the doctor at UBC
    Excellent! Do keep us posted on your progress!

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    It took just over a 14-15 months but my husband finally saw the specialist at UBC.

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