Reviewed by Dr. Becky Spelman on 30/08/2017
It can be hard to live with Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome, but there are some excellent strategies to help you manage what can be a very challenging condition. Our therapists are highly experienced and can work with you to create a bespoke treatment to best suit your needs.
Tourette’s Syndrome is diagnosed when a patient displays a range of persistent, chronic tics, typically initially identified in childhood. It is not clear why some people suffer from the condition, but it is likely to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While some people have extreme cases of Tourette’s, most people with the condition suffer from a milder version that, with management, does not have to impact seriously on their quality of life. The vast majority of people do not even need medication but can learn how to manage their symptoms effectively.
While many people live with Tourette’s with no clinical intervention at all, others feel that they need help and support to understand and manage the condition. Sometimes, but not invariably, people with Tourette’s also have other conditions, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Often, the stress associated with having the condition is worse than the actual symptoms, as people can feel ashamed and embarrassed about behaviours that they cannot control and may even feel obliged to remove themselves from the company of others periodically so that they can allow themselves to express their tics in private. With greater understanding of their condition, and a treatment plan in place, sufferers often find that the reduced stress they feel results in an amelioration of symptoms relatively quickly.
We understand that tics and Tourette’s syndrome can be difficult to live with. We can also work with you on other challenges you may be facing, providing a complete treatment plan for you. For instance, if your condition means that your confidence is low, we can help address this issue alongside your treatment for tics and Tourette’s syndrome, improving your outlook.
Our therapists are experienced in working with a wide range of clients, so you’ll know that you’re in safe, professional hands. Our flexible, highly adaptable approach means you can rely on our team to take the time to consider which techniques and therapies will work best for you every time. We don’t just provide treatment, but continually assess how it’s working for you, allowing for the treatment to develop as you progress.
While various approaches to managing tics are available, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is one that has been proven to be of great assistance to many patients.
We understand that taking the first steps towards treatment can be difficult but guarantee that our professionals will put you at ease and help you to understand the process.
If you would like to talk to someone about tics or Tourette’s please get in touch with us at the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: 020 3887 1738 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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