Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome

What Is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome (TS) is named for the French doctor Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described the condition in 1885. It is thought that in most cases it is a genetic condition that’s inherited, or passed on from parent to child. Doctors and scientists don’t know the exact cause of TS, but some research suggests that it occurs when there’s a problem with how nerves communicate in the brain. A disturbance in the balance of neurotransmitters – chemicals in the brain that carry nerve signals from cell to cell – may play a role in TS. Tourette syndrome is not contagious.


Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. Their mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome. They offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. They raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS. More on TSA


Tourette-Syndrome – the Internet’s first online community devoted to children and adults with Tourette Syndrome (TS) disorder and their families, friends, teachers and medical professionals. More on Tourette-Syndrome

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