Tourette disorder, sometimes called Tourette syndrome, is a chronic nervous system disorder that starts in childhood and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Its main feature is involuntary tics—sudden twitches, movements, or vocal sounds that occur repeatedly—that can get in the way of everyday activities.
NYU Langone psychiatrists, neurologists, and psychologists work together to diagnose Tourette disorder and to develop a care plan for people with the condition. This team approach ensures collaboration among our experts, enabling them to gain a fuller understanding of the needs of children with Tourette disorder and their families.
Experts at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, offer several types of treatment for Tourette disorder to ease symptoms that may be interfering with a child or young adult’s school, work, or social life. For adults, neurosurgeons at the Center for Neuromodulation offer an experimental treatment called deep brain stimulation to alleviate severe symptoms.