Tic Disorders

Tourette's syndrome is one of the more well known tic disorders, but there are others that affect many people. Symptoms of tic disorders include involuntary and repetitive movements or repetition of sounds. There are two main types of tic disorders, those that affect motor skills and those that affect the vocal skills. The causes of tic disorders is not yet known, but it is thought to center around biological and environmental reasons. Whatever the cause, these serious disorders can cause people to have difficulties in various areas of life. The online therapy you can get here at GoMentor.com is helpful with dealing with tic disorders. Before we get into that, here are some other facts about tic disorders.


Types of Tic Disorders 

These are the main types of tic disorders that may cause a problem in a person's life.


  • Tourette's Disorder  - This neuropsychiatric disorder causes at least one motor and one vocal tic that persists from childhood.
  • Chronic Motor or Vocal Tic Disorder - When the tic is limited to just vocal or just motor, it is not diagnosed as Tourette's Disorder.
  • Transient Tic Disorder  - Those who suffer from tics - when a part of the body moves quickly, repeatedly, suddenly and uncontrollably - are said to have transient tic disorder.
  • Unspecified Tic Disoder  - Those who show symptoms from several of the above tic disorders have an unspecified tic disorder.

Causes of Tic Disorders

As mentioned, the exact causes of these types of disorders are not known, but they are thought to center around neglect, environments with a lot of stress, or various biological or chemical reasons. Abnormalities in the brain are thought to play a big role in the behavior exhibited by those with tic disorders. In addition, it is thought that they are hereditary, passed between generations in a family.

Symptoms of Tic Disorders 

Depending on the particular type of tic disorder being discussed, the symptoms will vary, but in general they will include involuntary movements or sounds depending on the disorder present. Coprolalia - involuntary swearing - is another common problem associated with some tic disorders, especially Tourette's syndrome. Another thing to note is that in some people the symptoms disappear when in a new or highly structured setting - like a doctor's office. This can make the diagnosis of some tic disorders a little more difficult.

Treatment for Tic Disorders 

If a tic disorder is diagnosed, getting treatment can help deal with the symptoms and decrease the chances that other mental problems will develop as a result of the tic disorder. Here at GoMentor.com, you can find trained therapists on who specialize in the treatment of tic disorders. With guidance and support from a highly skilled professional, tic disorders do not have to lead to other, more serious mental disorders. Online therapy for tic disorders is new to some, but it combines speech therapy with psychotherapy to offer a complete method of treatment. If you are ready to get help with a tic disorder, book an online therapy session with a therapist here on GoMentor.com.

Definition of Tic Disorders

Tic disorders cause a persistent tic - repetitive and involuntary movements - that can appear in relaxed or stressful situations. There are thought to be various causes of tic disorders that center around biological and chemical factors as well as abnormal brains. With the right therapy and speech counseling, treatment for tic disorders is possible.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Tic Disorders

  • Involuntary, repetitive movements - motor tic
  • Involuntary, repetitive sounds - vocal tic
  • Coprolalia - involuntary swearing
  • Behavior problems

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