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Diagnostic Features The essential features of Tourette's Disorder are multiple motor tics and one or more vocal tics (Criterion A). These may appear simultaneously or at different periods during the illness. The tics occur many times a day, recurrently throughout a period of more than 1 year. During this period, there is never a tic-free period of more than 3 consecutive months. (Criterion B). The onset of the disorder is before age 18 years (Criterion C). The tics are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., stimulants) or a general medical condition (e.g., Huntington's disease or postviral encephalitis) (Criterion D).Differential diagnosisMost conditions that may be confused with Tourette syndrome are on the same spectrum (e.g. transient tic disorder, chronic tic disorder), and differ from Tourette syndrome with respect to either the duration of tics or the absence of both motor and vocal tics.
Tic disorders are classified as follows:Transient tic disorder consists of multiple motor and/or phonic tics with duration of at least 4 weeks, but less than 12 months. Chronic tic disorder is either single or multiple motor or phonic tics, but not both, which are present for more than a year. Tourette's disorder is diagnosed when both motor and phonic tics are present for more than a year. Tic Disorder NOS is diagnosed when tics are present, but do not meet the criteria for any specific tic disorder. Tic disorders onset in childhood (before the age of 18), and are not due to the effects of medication or another medical condition.
We still know very little about this disease/disorder, but my daughter is terrified now. She's scared she'll become an extreme case where she blurts out obscenities at complete strangers
Coprolalia is involuntary swearing or the involuntary utterance of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks...According to the Tourette Syndrome Association, fewer than 15% of Tourette syndrome patients exhibit coprolalia, but it tends to attract more attention than any other symptom.
Hang in there Carolyn.. Sending you all hugs and wishing the best for your beautiful baby girl! Keep us posted . hugs to you all!
Quote from: Carolyn on 14/10/2008 20:05:24We still know very little about this disease/disorder, but my daughter is terrified now. She's scared she'll become an extreme case where she blurts out obscenities at complete strangersOnly a minority of people with Tourette's swear...QuoteCoprolalia is involuntary swearing or the involuntary utterance of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks...According to the Tourette Syndrome Association, fewer than 15% of Tourette syndrome patients exhibit coprolalia, but it tends to attract more attention than any other symptom.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CoprolaliaThis documentary is about school age children with Tourette's, but it may still be of interest.
I've spent a lot of time the last few days researching this and it's causes. I read that one of the causes could be having a mother that suffered severe nausea and vomiting & stress during the first trimester of pregnancy. Someone else told me today that having a mother that took birth control pills could be a cause as well, though I haven't found anything on this. I vomited every day during my pregnancy and several times a day during the first trimester. I was also on the pill when I got pregnant with her. So now I'm wondering, did I cause my daughter to have this?
A person with Tourette's has about a 50% chance of passing the gene(s) to one of his or her children, but Tourette's is a condition of variable expression and incomplete penetrance. Thus, not everyone who inherits the genetic vulnerability will show symptoms; even close family members may show different severities of symptoms, or no symptoms at all. The gene(s) may express as Tourette's, as a milder tic disorder (transient or chronic tics), or as obsessive compulsive symptoms without tics.
Nausea and vomiting are common problems in early pregnancy. Although often called “morning sickness”, nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of day and may persist throughout the day.  Symptoms usually begin between 4 weeks' and 7 weeks' gestation (1 study found this to be the case in 70% of affected women)