Is Tourette Syndrome curable?

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Despite progress being made to understand Tourette, there isn’t a cure for the syndrome.

This is more difficult considering how much it can vary from person to person, from the triggers to tic severity, to types of movements and sounds.


The NHS states the following regarding a cure:

There’s no cure for Tourette’s syndrome and most children with tics do not need treatment for them.

Treatment may sometimes be recommended to help you control your tics.

NHS.uk

Despite not having a cure, many patients with Tourette do not need treatment, or find that tics ease considerably with treatment.

No doubt a cure is something to strive for, however Tourette is a combination of different symptoms and co-occurring conditions.

The complexity of the condition has led charities such as Tourette’s Action in the UK to focus on improving the lives of those with Tourette.

Tourettes Action’s About TA section states the following:

We want people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full.

tourettes-action.org.uk

Although preventing tics would be ideal, the focus currently is to improve the lives of those living with TS.

Education is equally important, ensuring the general public is aware of the realities of life with TS, without the stereotypes and myths surrounding the condition.

Until there is something close to a cure, creating a society that allows people with TS to thrive and feel accepted is the next best thing.

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