About Tourette Syndrome
Tourette's syndrome is a complex neurological disorder that causes affected person to make sudden repetitive movements or undesirable sounds, called tics that can't be controlled. Begins between the ages of 2 and 21, and lasts throughout life. It has also been found that Tourette's syndrome is more common in boys than in girls by a ratio of five to one.
It is not degenerative and people with TS can expect to live a normal life span.
Persons with Tourette syndrome do not have much control over the unusual movements or sounds ('tics') that they make. They consist of abrupt recurrent twitches of a group of muscles. Characterized by blinking, sniffing, grimacing, shoulder movements and head movements. The exact cause of this disorder is unknown.
Causes Of Tourette Syndrome
The causes of Tourette is exactly not known. It is likely to be caused by a combination of inherited (genetic) and environmental factors.
Ayurveda View Of Tourette Syndrome
According to Ayurveda Tourette syndrome is due to the aggravation Vata Dosha. A sub type of vata- prana vata is mainly responsible for this syndrome.
Symptoms And Signs Of Tourette Syndrome
Symptoms of TS can vary from one individual to another. The hallmark symptom of TS is tics. For tics to be defined as Tourette's syndrome, that must be present for at least a year and comprises of at least one vocal tic.
Tics are involuntary and usually sudden, rapid and repetitive muscle movements and vocal sounds that some people make, without being aware of it. People with Tourette syndrome do not characterize same symptoms.
Tics worsen with stress, anxiety, excitement, anger or fatigue and can get better during absorbing activities or sleep. The more severe ones can be embarrassing and can affect your social life or work.
TYPES OF TICS:
Simple motor tics include:
Complex motor tics include:
Simple phonic tics include:-
Complex phonic tics include:-
Associated conditions have been reported in half of the children with Tourette's syndrome. The most common are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)