Symptoms of Tourette are almost always noticed first in childhood.
People with TS have the same average lifespan as anyone else.
There is currently no cure for TS.
Boys are affected by TS three to four times more than girls.
TS does not show any affect on someone's IQ (which means it doesn't affect how smart you).
TS can make some tasks, such as reading, concentrating and listening difficult, depending on the tics you have.
What does Tourette Syndrome mean for me?
Having Tourette means you have two kinds of tics, vocal and motor, and that they have lasted for more than a year. All tics are involuntary, meaning you might be able to stop them for a little while, but at some point all of the tic energy will find a way to be released.
Vocal tics are any noises you make with your mouth, or things you say. Motor tics are movements with your body.
It's not always easy to be a TS kid, but it's important to know you are not alone.
Check out the Center for Disease Control's KIDS' QUEST: TOURETTE to learn more about Tourette in general, and other people with Tourette.
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