The causes of tics go way beyond genetics. Learn what you can do to relieve them.
Many people with Tourette syndrome report that there are foods, other items, or situations that make their tics worse. But how can this be, if Tourette syndrome is a “genetic” condition? Research confirms that Tourette syndrome is both a genetic and an environmental condition.
What does this mean? Just think of allergies. Someone can have a genetic predisposition to develop allergic reactions, but, as everyone knows, the environment can greatly determine the types and intensity of symptoms that person will experience. In a similar manner, many people with Tourette syndrome report that they are aware of certain triggers for their tics—triggers that affect the frequency, type, or severity of tics.
It is generally accepted that stress, excitement, and fatigue can aggravate tics. But there are numerous other factors that also may, and the more awareness a person with Tourette syndrome has about potential triggers, the more likely it is that he or she can identify them.
New Book on Tic Triggers
We are pleased that our latest book focused on tic triggers has been released January 23, 2018. It contains updated information on triggers for tics, includes testimonials from the tic community, and has logs and charts to help in a trigger search. Learn why doctors and the public have been kept in the dark on this important subject. Those looking for answers to tics will find this guide to be a major help in their journey.
ACN Latitudes hears all too frequently that someone was able to identify at least one trigger for tics, and when they told a physician or psychologist, the response was: “That’s ridiculous.” Or, “It’s a coincidence,” and they are told they are “wasting their time” in these pursuits.
This is medicine at its worst. After all, Tourette syndrome is referred to in the literature as a “mystery.” There is no lab result to verify its existence, and the best specialists in the world do not have all the answers to the cause or suitable treatment. Yet, patients and families are coming to professionals around the world and offering clues to help solve this mystery. More frequently than not, they encounter a deaf ear, and may even be discouraged from further exploration. Educate yourself, believe what you see with your own eyes after careful observation, and be an advocate for your family.
Other Helpful Resources:
- What is Tourette Syndrome? A Comprehensive Overview
- Dos and Dont’s for the Treatment of Tics and Tourette Syndrome Infographic
- Tics and Tourette Syndrome Discussion Board
- Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette’s Book
- ACN Latitudes Premium Membership