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California Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Neurologist (MD)
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My child is 12 and has devolped some ocd tics. blinking, touching,

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My child is 12 and has devolped some ocd tics. blinking, touching, but is now turning her head to the right and dropping her chin. what do you think
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  California Pediatric Neurologist replied 6 years ago.
tics can involve facial, head and neck muscles as well as shoulder and arms. Rarely other parts of the body are affected. Two movements with one tic are not as common, but not rare. Tics are usually transient in childhood, but can persist in a few children into adulthood. Tics are usually made worse by stress. Children can suppress them temporarily, but at the cost of building up anxiety and doing them worse later. They should never be told to stop doing them. Acknowledge them, and talk in a very matter-of-fact way about them. Are there any vocal tics, meaning tics involving sniffling, coughing, throat clearing, or humming, even words? The combination of vocal tics and motor (movement) tics lasting over a year is called Tourette's syndrome. Tourette's is not generally as dramatic as we see on TV (with horrible constant tics and shouting obscenities), and people can live normal lives with it. Tourette's is often associated with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Does your child have rituals, or must do things is only one way or no way at all?
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