Other Psychiatric Disorders Can Come with Tourette Syndrome

A university in California have reported that nearly 86% of patients who undergo treatment for Tourette syndrome will also be diagnosed with another psychiatric disorder in their lifetime. This can include mood and anxiety disorders.

It has been known for a long time that Tourette syndrome, which is characterised by vocal and motor tics, is often accompanied by other disorders such as ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). But this new study is on a larger scale than before and provides a more comprehensive picture of the comorbidities.

The new findings will be useful in the treatment of TS patients as the neurologists will be more aware of the other psychiatric disorders associated with their patient’s condition. The origin of TS is in a part of the brain between neurology and psychiatry so it’s important everyone involved in care is aware of both sides of treatments.

The report found that ADHD and OCD are common but the report also shows that mood disorders, anxiety and disruptive behaviour are also common. The study also revealed that mood and anxiety disorders appear much earlier in life in people with Tourette’s than the typical population..

It was suggested that social anxiety and ADHD often started earlier than the tics did in TS patients, which just emphasises the need to screen young people sooner. Some cases saw signs of social anxiety as early as 5 years old. The study did not comment on causality

This seems to suggest a collaborative approach is required with patients showing signs across the psychological spectrum. Perhaps a talking therapy such as hypnotherapy could help with the social anxiety to alleviate that issue in the individual’s life?