What are Tic Disorders?

Tic disorders come in many forms, and the most commonly-known tic disorder is tourettes syndrome. In all tic disorders people will have involuntary movements or sounds and these can happen at any time. Stress and anxiety will often exacerbate the frequency and intensity of tics. 

Examples of tics include:

  • Unwanted noises

  • head jerking to one side

  • crinkling nose

The most well effective treatment for tic disorders is Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT). In HRT a therapist will help an adult, or a child with his/her family, to recognize and break the habits that may be exacerbating tics and develop another response to these habits. This new response is often called a competing response and can help break a tic pattern. If you think you or a loved one may have a tic disorder, please contact me to schedule a free 15 minute consultation. 

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