Health Buzz// Tourette Syndrome//Maanya C

Why did i choose Tourette Syndrome?

I chose Tourette syndrome as my health buzz for two reasons. Firstly it is not a very common problem that people have heard about, but still it is a syndrome that has affected many people and has the highest effect on children and teenagers. Another reason for choosing it is that 49% of people having Tourette syndrome face anxiety issues, and this can affect their personality and future prospects.

What is Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Tourette Syndrome is passed genetically, or it is developed in the womb. Simple motor tics are quick, repetitive movements that involve a few number of muscle clusters. more common relaxed tics include eye blinking and other eye movements, facial expressions, shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Simple vocal tics usually include repetitive throat-clearing, Sniffing, and grunting sounds. Complex tics are different, coordinated patterns of movements involving many muscle groups. Complex motor tics include facial expressions combined with a head twist and a shoulder shrug. Other complex motor tics may actually appear purposeful, including sniffing or touching objects, hopping, jumping, or twisting. Simple vocal tics might include throat-clearing, snorting, grunting, or barking. More complex vocal tics include words or phrases. The average age to see early symptoms is 3-9 years.It gets worse in their early teens. Usually in early teens (12-14) you get more tics than do children or adolescents.

How Does It Affect Teenagers

It affects teenagers because it may cause anxiety issues, depression (in fact 25% of people who have tourette Syndrome are depressed), and body image issues. as the people grow old, the ones with Tourette syndrome may have lack of confidence and ultimately may affect their professional lives.
I think that all of the above are very serious issues which can affect the personality and future actions of people and we should find ways to not only cure the Tourette syndrome but also prevent it.

What Did I Learn About Tourette Syndrome

Firstly i had never knew there was a disease called Tourette Syndrome which affects children of my age, and even younger. I also learned about the symptoms of Tourette and how people get it. I learned that Tourette Syndrome has the most effect on people my age.