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Tourette's Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Tourette's Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Tourette's Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Tourette's Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Tourette's Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on  Tourette's Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 

 

Diagnostic criteria for 307.23 Tourette's Disorder

A. Both multiple motor and one or more vocal tics have been present at some time during the illness, although not necessarily concurrently. (A tic is a sudden, rapid, recurrent, nonrhythmic, stereotyped motor movement or vocalization)

 

B.      The tics occur many times a day (usually in bouts) nearly every day or intermittently throughout a period of more than 1 year, and during this period there was never a tic-free period of more than 3 consecutive months.

 

C.  The disturbance causes marked distress or significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

C.      The onset is before age 18 years.

D.      The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., stimulants) or a general medical condition (e.g.. Huntington's disease or postviral encephalitis).

Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

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