Tourette Syndrome and Tics


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Tourette syndrome is a disorder which has become more recognised and affects according to tourettes action around 1% of the population, it usually becomes apparent with in children around the age of 7 (sometimes younger) and can become more pronounced into teenage years. Tourette’s syndrome is characterised by multiple physical or motor tics and at least one vocal or phonic tic. The tics themselves have a range of which can be expressed from transient or mild up to chronic and obvious.

Hypnotherapy and NLP are both excellent therapies for helping with massively decreasing the tics and for relaxing and distressing the individual, in some cases the Tourette’s will go completely. It is also often the case that hypnotherapy when used with other treatments from your GP or specialist that this will work extremely effectively in conjunction.

There are also many techniques with NLP – neuro linguistic programming – which will help to gain control and these include visualization, breathing techniques, utilizing imagination, changing the things you notice and helping you to notice different things. The hypnotherapy is useful for bringing all of this together and for getting it into the unconscious mind.


Although to some degree individuals can ‘control’ or supress these tics; this is usually just temporary and can come back with a vengeance. New tics can come from nowhere and some tics can be forgotten or can transform into new ones. Strictly speaking there is no fixed pattern and this in and of itself can be distressing.

The tics do not usually pose a serious threat to a person’s physical health, although physical tics, such as jerking of the head, can often be painful. However, children and adults affected by Tourette’s syndrome can experience associated problems such as social isolation, embarrassment and low self-esteem.

Most people diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome have a combination of physical and vocal tics, which can be both simple and complex. The more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements.

Tics can be:

  • Phonic or making sounds – such as grunting, coughing or shouting out words
  • Physical – such as jerking of the head or jumping up and down

Tics can also be:

  • Simple, involving moving only one muscle or uttering a single sound
  • Complex, involving a series of physical movements or speaking a long phrase

Recent Understanding

Whereas Tourette’s was once considered rare it is now recognized in schools and within the general public as being much more usual. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and there no clear reasons for this. Some people experience tourettes so mildly that they do not require any treatment. Extreme Tourette’s in adulthood is rare, and Tourette’s does not adversely affect intelligence or life expectancy.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome also have a high chance of also being diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which can lead to further confusion, misunderstanding and in some cases polypharmacology.

Possible Causes

The cause of Tourette’s syndrome is unclear but it appears to be strongly associated with a part of the brain called the “basal ganglia”, which plays an important role in regulating body movements. In people with Tourette’s syndrome the basal ganglia then appears to “misfire”, resulting in the tics associated with the condition.


There are medication treatments for treatment of Tourette’s however as with most medication these will have side effects which do need to be taken in account for. The typical medication treatments are neuroleptics and alpha2-adrenergic agonists.

The Surgery Methods

Surgery is usually regarded as the last resort for treatment for people (typically adults) who are suffering from severe Tourette’s and who have failed to respond to other treatments. Some other ways that have been used to treat Tourette’s syndrome are limbic leucotomy and deep brain stimulation (DBS) although these are last resorts and undoubtedly best as the absolute last resort.

Hypnotherapy and NLP

In combination NLP and hypnosis can help in many ways such as having a calming influence on the person thus relieving stress and other negative issues; which in turn can reduce stress even more so. The very easy NLP and breathing techniques are excellent for situations when there’s any kind of situation or risk, and these techniques are very easy to learn and no one would know that you’re doing them.

Call 07807 540142 or  Email today and working in-person and online

For online hypnotherapy for Tourette’s syndrome and tics please do ask for details on how I can help you with this using on Zoom, Skype, Teams and other on-line technology