Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

Synopsis

"Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders are very well known yet frequently misunderstood conditions. In this handbook, Dr. Uttom Chowdhury examines their signs, symptoms and possible causes. He offers sound advice and practical techniques for managing symptoms as well as reviewing the current medical treatments available. Strategies for dealing with associated problems such as bullying and low self-esteems are also offered, making this as essential read for parents and professionals caring for a child with Tourette Syndrome or tics." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

A few years ago, a colleague introduced me to a well-respected professor of adult psychiatry at a well-known institution in London. I was introduced as 'a clinician who has an interest in Tourette Syndrome'. Hearing this, the professor commented, 'I have been a psychiatrist for nearly 20 years and I have never seen a patient swear in my clinic.' Both my colleague and I were slightly surprised at this comment. Did this professor really think that Tourette Syndrome was all about people who swear? I did my best to explain to him that this was not the case but I am not sure if I convinced him. It made me think that if professors think like this, then we have got a long way to go with educating the public about this condition. However, if I am being totally honest, I probably used to think like this before I started seeing children with Tourette Syndrome. My previous knowledge of Tourette Syndrome was minimal and based on a page in a medical textbook and exaggerated portrayals in the media. I also cannot recall a single lecture on this condition at medical school (I think I went to most lectures!). Even today, the condition is only taught to medical students if there is a doctor affiliated to the medical school who just so happens to have an interest in tics.

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