It’s important to treat Tourette Syndrome early. The symptoms can often be disrupting and /or frightening. The symptoms portrayed may provoke ridicule and rejection by peers, neighbours, teachers and even casual observers. Parents may be overwhelmed by the strangeness of their child’s behavior. The child may be threatened, excluded from family activities and prevented from enjoying normal interpersonal relationships. These difficulties may become greater during adolescence, an especially trying period for young people and even more so for a person coping with a neurological problem. Early diagnosis and treatment is advisable to avoid psychological harm.
There are different forms of treatment for Tourette Syndrome (TS) including:
- Behavioral therapies which teach the substation of one tic with another that is more acceptable;
- Psychotherapy which can assist a person with TS and help his/her family cope with the psycho-social problems associated with TS;
- Nutritional therapy which includes changes in diet (may include gluten-, casein-free diet), vitamin and mineral therapy;
- Pharmacological treatment which would include different forms of medication for various conditions, and
- Relaxation techniques and/or biofeedback which may help during prolonged periods of high stress.
Discussing options and preferences with health professionals is recommended. It’s important to take the time to review all possible options and to find one suitable to your child and your family.