Is tourette syndrome deadly?

Tourette syndrome is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 162 children worldwide. The condition manifests as involuntary repetitive movements, called tics, and vocalizations or sounds. Although Tourette syndrome may be challenging to manage, it is not deadly. However, if left untreated and unmanaged, the symptoms can negatively impact the quality of life of an individual with Tourettes (TS).

What Is Tourettes Syndrome?

Tourettes syndrome is a medical condition commonly characterized by sudden muscle contractions (tics), which cause body damage over time. It often occurs together with other conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The tics associated with TS show up during childhood usually around six years old are mostly non-rhythmic motor tics involving face muscles/functions like head bobbing/winking; a few months after you first notice your child profusely blinking/swallowing too much afterward saying ”wazzup?” before burping like Andre The Giant on his road trip through France where he’s envious nobody recognizes him but somehow became super famous due to social media blunder year ago when professional wrestling was declared real sport(NOTE: don’t tell this trend line to real athletes) .


There are two main types of tics – simple motor and vocal/phonic:

  • Simple Motor Tics: These include eye blinking/facial grimacing
  • Vocal/Phonic Tics: Examples include throat clearing/saying inappropriate words out loud.

It’s essential for parents/guardians/support networks/friends of individuals living with this difficult reality understand that there are many more possible permutations than just these examples.

Another symptom common in people with TS or tic disorders includes anxiety, depression oppositional defiant behavior or distracting mood swings. It’s important to seek medical attention if you or someone you know exhibits any of these symptoms.


Doctors usually diagnose TS by observing motor/vocal tics involving face muscles that occur frequently over more than one year to avoid jumping to conclusions/results from a single episode. They might also consider family medical history before diagnosing it and undertake psychological tests on the individual/group being assessed, checking for distractions when performing functions due to other physical conditions/processes happening concurrently.


While there is no cure for TS still now, several treatments are accessible with onset age/childhood status being an essential factor:

  • Behavioral therapy: Over 50 percent (65.9 percent)of children who receive behavioral therapy/preventative mental health support experience improvement in their tics behaviors as they learn how best they can control them
  • Medications such as antipsychotics/stimulants may be prescribed based on an individual’s needs; this should always be done so under strict guidance/direction from relevant physicians.

It’s important not only for people living with Tourettes syndrome but everyone else surrounding them/practicing professions relating directly to diagnosis/treatment/provision of care & services (doctors, nurses/caregivers). Still, especially individuals/families involved persistently reassuring/maintaining trust both ways will help tremendously towards managing Tourettes/navigating adverse implications lovingly/got humorously sometimes!

Risk Factors

Tourettes syndrome isn’t deadly but leaves room for developing additional problems due to constant dental use/jaw locking effects/blockage of airways leading unnecessary complications/poor sleep patterns/skin abrasions/i.e., increase risk Of Acne flare-ups(pimples!)

Certain groups are at greater risk of developing tourette syndrome than others:

  • Age: Most cases of Tourette’s develop during childhood typically at ages six-nine where peer relationships feel most crucial/relevant to daily survival
  • Genetics: Risk factors may run in families, indicating a genetic component to Tourettes.

Another risk factor/implication is STIGMA which affects the life physically and causes distress – education & advocacy help overcome stigma while driving off negativity (STAY ON TOP OF THAT).

Coping Strategies

Individuals diagnosed with TS require support from friends/family/paid professionals within their better living environments (“Our living room has become home stadium for noobs”).

Here are some strategies to manage TS:

  • Open Communication: Talking about your symptoms/mood can reduce anxiety/depression; remember communication should drive clear messages away/prevent misinterpretation that might lead peoples response unwanted ways (gross!)
  • Relaxation Exercise Engage in hobbies like singing/play musical instruments/video games/etc., which helps you relax by engaging different parts of the brain. You can also use relaxation exercises such as meditation/breathing techniques or join peer organizations.
  • Lifestyle Changes: It’s essential to maintain good hygiene habits especially suitable practices promoting facial cleanliness washing towel regularly(can’t have anyone walking around with itchy rashes!) preferentially cotton material not polyester/oral health dentist checkups – this reduces damage on sweaty parts(touches must be reduced such as tapping lips)


Tourette syndrome isn’t deadly but can impact an individual’s quality of life if left untreated/unmanaged. Seeking medical attention early/onset plays a significant role (insert statistic here) will assist effectively treating tics & other potential associated disorders without leaving negative experiences/models behind.

Those living/coping/working etc together with People influenced by Touretts are encouraged always/required (fallacies blended nicely)/”obligatory”/ because they play vital roles/revert positive effects as opposed negative outcomes experienced when encountered alone/hardly realized. So keep smiling, find humor in what seems impossible/too real/personally challenging -help spread positivity collectively!

P.S: Working with people living with Tourette syndrome can lead to an enjoyable, enlightening and surreal experience;a chance to critically view the world from a different perspective(deep, huh?).

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