Tic Disorders and Tourette's

 

Tics are sudden, repetitive, stereotyped body movements or vocalizations (sounds).  They are considered semi-voluntary or “unvoluntary” because many people with tics are able to suppress them for periods of time, though not forever.  Tics are common in normal child development and usually do not last or interfere.  When tics persist and cause interference or impairment in a person’s life a tic disorder may be present and treatment may be warranted.  In addition, tics often co-occur with common childhood disorders including anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, and learning disorders.

Tic disorders including Tourette’s Disorder are not as common as some childhood onset disorders, such as anxiety and ADHD, but can cause significant interference and distress for affected individuals and the people in their lives.  They are often misunderstood, and treatment for tic disorders has evolved greatly over time because of shifting views on their origins.  Tics disorders now are viewed as neuropsychiatric disorders with variable expression related to strong combined contributions from neurological and environmental/psychological factors

Our team is able to provide thorough comprehensive evaluations of new onset and persistent tics, as well as evaluation for co-occurring disorders.  We are then able to integrate these components into a comprehensive treatment plan that may include Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT), parent/family interventions, medication management, and school liaison and consultation.  We can also provide up to date evidence based treatments for the most common co-occurring disorders as necessary for a given individual.  We are available to provide one time and second opinion consultations, coordinate with existing providers and provide ongoing care as appropriate.

 

 

Providers Who Specialize in Tic Disorders

Shannon Bennett, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Angela Chiu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Avital Falk, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Justin Mohatt, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry