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Tourette Syndrome/Tic Disorders

Tic disorders are brief, rapid movements and sounds that are usually repetitive and involuntary that can affect any part of the body. Depending on the area of the body, tics are defined as simple (affecting one group of muscles) or complex (affecting multiple muscle groups). Tic disorders affect 4 to 5 percent of school-age children.

Advanced treatment options may include behavioral therapy, medication, surgery and/or participation in a clinical trial, if appropriate.

Tailored treatment plans include:

  • Management of neurological symptoms
  • Management of psychiatric symptoms
  • Management of cognitive and social issues
  • Education about tics and Tourette syndrome
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
  • Habit Reversal Therapy

Visit the Movement Disorders Clinic Meet Our Tic Disorder Team

Clinical Trials

You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out how to join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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