New York Daily News - Youthful Tic Disorders, Such as Tourette's, Usually Do Not Last a Lifetime - Katie Charles
While Hollywood has made us associate Tourette’s disorder with shouted words we can’t publish in this newspaper, tics are extremely common and can take many different forms. "Tics are repetitive movements or sounds that originate from deep structures in the brain," says Dr. Barbara Coffey from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "About 20 percent of all kids age 6-12 may have some sort of tic, like eye blinking, walking in a set pattern, or throat clearing. But the good news is that most of these repetitive behaviors will go away with time."
- Dr. Barbara Coffey, Professor, Psychiatry, Director of the Tics and Tourette’s Disorder Clinical and Research Program, The Mount Sinai Medical Center