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TOPIC TITLE: tourette syndrome
Created On 12/25/05 4:20 PM
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torn
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12/25/05 4:20 PM
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hi.
i just took a 2 week break from dating someone--there are a number of factors at work but among the most central issues of concern to me are:
the person was diagnosed with tourette syndrome as a child. he has been on medication ever since and is highly functioning, very disciplined, accomplished human being.
however, from what i understand, his form of tourette's was severe and although his medications seem to work insofar as controlling tics and the emotional baggage that often comes with tourette's (in his case anxiety and ocd) im worried aobut possible hereditary implications.
i understand that tourette's is genetic and from what the person has told me i know that his father has been diagnosed with bipolar, and his younger brother is clinically depressed.
any information regarding stats on heritability and/or prevention/cure of tourette syndrome would be very much appreciated.

thank you.
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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12/26/05 11:42 PM
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Unfortunately I am not well informed about this disorder. However, I would look at the Mayo Clinic and NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) for research findings.
A Lynn
 
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FuturePsyD
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5/2/06 4:30 PM
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Here's a great website with lots of information on TS.
http://www.tsanj.org/
Good luck!
 
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div01
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My son has tics, his pediatrician said to look into tourette s. and get medical intervention for it, this at age 8-9. My son's father does not have tics, so I wonder about the hereditary factor. After researching my options regarding medication, I opted for nutritional intervention. I began giving him b-complex, calcium, protein shakes, and a multi. There are times when I need to add valerian, but quite infrequently. B''H he has no trouble swallowing these vitamins, and B"H the tics are a thing of the past. But whenever he's off of the vitamins for more than a week or two the tics do return. These supplements are giving his body the materials it needs to support proper functioning As someone has posted elsewhere on this site< it is important to buy a good brand: in fact the first brand we tried did not help much but with the second brand< Shaklee> my son is b"h doing ok
 
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