Tourette Syndrome: It's Not all Swearing
Tourette Syndrome has become popularized in the media - characterized by people blurting out obscenities at inopportune moments. But the truth of Tourette Syndrome is that it is a complex and sometimes subtle neurological disorder. There is a genetic component to it and onset is before age 18 years. Tourette Syndrome is more common in males than females and involves involuntary body movements - called tics - as well as involuntary vocal outbursts.
- Coprolalia is the involuntary utterance of obscenities
- Palilalia, of the last word the person said, is also common
- Touching, licking, facial grimaces, shoulder shrugging and blinking are all common motor tics
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