Tourette's syndrome in children: Neurological, neuropsychological and psychiatric issues

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Abstract

The interplay between neurologic, neuropsychologic and psychiatric features makes Tourette's syndrome (TS) a paradigmatic model for neuropsychiatrie disorders. The aim of this paper is to review this complex interplay of clinical features. After a survey of some epidemiological studies, the natural history of neurological, behavioral and psychological characteristics of the syndrome is described. The problem of high psychiatric comorbidity, firstly with obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, is discussed. Neuropsychological features of TS are considered, as they can negatively affect the quality of life of affected patients. Consi-derations on treatment, pharmacologic as well as educational and psychotherapeutic, conclude this review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalPanminerva Medica
Volume42
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Tic disorders
  • Tourette syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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