Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements or vocalizations that can be difficult to control. They may involve the face, eyes, head and neck, trunk, and limbs. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic motor or vocal tic disorder (CTD), it’s important to know what this means for them and their future.
CTD is a neurological condition that begins in childhood. However, symptoms can also appear later in life during adulthood as well. It's not known exactly what causes CTD, but genetics play an important role in its development.
This means if someone else in your family has had similar symptoms, then there is a higher chance of developing the same condition yourself or having children who do so too. There are millions of people around the world who share this disease due to their genes.
Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder involves quick, uncontrollable movements or vocal outbursts. The nervous system controls the many complicated and interconnected functions of the body and mind. It can be hard to know what’s going on when your child exhibits these symptoms.
Various types of medications are used to treat chronic motor or vocal tic disorders, including antipsychotics,s which help reduce physical movements and any associated emotional distress caused by these movements/vocalizations.
These medications often come with side effects, so make sure you discuss all possible options with your doctor before starting any new medication regimen. Most people find relief from their symptoms within six months after beginning therapy, but some take more time than this. The earlier you catch it, the better chance you have at managing it effectively over time.