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TICS Tourette SyndromeTS is a neurological disorder characterized by tics -- involuntary rapid sudden movements that occur repeatedly in the same way To receive a diagnosis of TS a person must have both multiple motor and one or more vocal tics not necessarily simultaneously throughout a span of more than one year The tics may occur many times a day usually in bouts nearly every day or intermittently Tics periodically change in the number frequency type and location and wax and wane in their severity Symptoms can sometimes disappear for weeks or months at a time While most persons with TS have some control over their symptoms from seconds to hours at a time suppressing them may merely postpone more severe outbursts Tics are experienced as irresistable and as the urge to sneeze eventually must be expressed Tics increase as a result of tension or stress and decrease with relaxation or concentration on an absorbing task Tics are categorized as Motor or Vocal Simple or Complex Simple tics are movements or vocalizations which are completely meaningless whereas complex tics are movements or vocalizations which make use of more than one muscle group or appear to be meaningful Some examples of motor tics eye blinking kissing-hand or others head jerking facial contortions scratching squatting throwing things pulling at clothes Some examples of vocal tics throat clearing grunting belching spitting snorting noisy breathing squealing clicking or clacking barking moaning screamingshouting laughing A person with Tourette may be able to go days or months without symptoms tics and can suppress the tics for short periods of time After the tics have been voluntarily suppressed the tics
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