Tourette Syndrome Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

Living with Tourette’s syndrome can be challenging enough to affect your job prospects and relationships, and may lead to mental health problems. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly qualified team of medical experts offers an effective treatment for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California who are living with Tourette’s syndrome and finding it hard to cope. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that could help reduce your Tourette’s tics, so call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.

Tourette Syndrome Q & A

What is Tourette’s syndrome?

Tourette’s syndrome causes uncontrollable tics, which typically means making odd, repetitive movements, and saying rude words or making strange sounds.

Children who have Tourette’s syndrome usually develop symptoms between the ages of 2 and 5, and boys are far more likely than girls to develop Tourette’s.

What are the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome?

The obvious signs of Tourette’s syndrome are physical and verbal tics. Some people only have mild symptoms, while others are affected so severely they struggle to lead an active, rewarding life.

There are many different types of tics that people who have Tourette’s syndrome may experience, including:

  • Blinking      
  • Touching
  • Smelling
  • Jerking your head
  • Shrugging your shoulders
  • Stepping in a certain pattern
  • Darting eyes
  • Making obscene gestures
  • Nose twitching       
  • Bending or twisting
  • Making mouth movements
  • Hopping
  • Grunting     
  • Repeating yours or other people’s speech
  • Coughing   
  • Clearing your throat
  • Using vulgar language
  • Barking       

Tics can vary in how often they repeat themselves and how frequently they occur, and often worsen when you’re sick, emotional, or tired. Before expressing a tic, you may get an odd feeling, for example, an itch or tingling, that goes away once the tic is expressed.

It’s not clear what causes Tourette’s syndrome, but it’s likely that a combination of factors contributes to its development. Genes inherited from your parents and the environment in which you grew up are key influences, and it’s probable that neurotransmitters in the brain that affect the nerves also play a part.

What treatments are available for Tourette’s syndrome?

There isn’t a cure for Tourette’s syndrome, so treatment focuses on controlling tics when they’re interfering with normal functioning. Medications may include:

  • Dopamine blockers
  • Botox® injections
  • ADHD medications
  • Central adrenergic inhibitors
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medications

Cognitive behavioral interventions can help you learn to manage your tics, for example, learning when they’re coming and taking steps to counteract the movement and prevent the tic from expressing. Psychotherapy is also valuable in helping people cope with Tourette’s syndrome.

An alternative to medication for Tourette’s syndrome is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a safe, effective therapy that’s entirely painless and noninvasive. While medication may worsen symptoms for some patients or be ineffective for others and carry considerable risk of side effects. TMS can work where other treatments fail, without the risk of using medication. Call Blackhawk TMS today to find out more, or book an appointment online.