Experts at NYU Langone’s Tourette Disorder Program provide comprehensive treatment and specialty care for adults and children with Tourette disorder and related conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and depression.
As a distinguished Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence, our program offers assessments, consultation, and treatment by a multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, movement disorder specialists, and neurologists at sites across New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County.
Together with the Tics, Tourette Disorder, and Trichotillomania Program at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we provide research-supported behavioral and psychiatric treatments that help reduce the severity of tics, improve attention, and control movement urges. In addition, we provide education and training to school and medical professionals, school consultation services, and supervision and consultation with community providers.
We also work closely with the Tourette Association of America’s New York City and New Jersey chapters to advocate for children and adults with Tourette disorder and to improve their quality of life through education, consultation, and community outreach activities.
After a diagnosis of Tourette disorder has been made, our team provides education for patients and their families, as well as their schools or workplaces, about the condition, potential coexisting issues, and options for therapy.
There are several treatments to help manage the tics caused by Tourette disorder. One treatment option that is successful is comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT). CBIT is a research-supported therapy incorporating habit reversal training that teaches people to increase awareness to physical urges and change their behavior over time. Our specialty team has received intensive training and certification in CBIT.
Other treatments to reduce tics may include medication or botulinum toxin (Botox®) injections. For adults with Tourette disorder, neurosurgeons at the Center for Neuromodulation offer an experimental treatment called deep brain stimulation (DBS) to alleviate severe symptoms.
Some people with Tourette disorder may have additional co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety disorders, that may require different treatments based on their symptoms. Treatment may include cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Experts at our program specialize in providing these therapies and work together to create an individualized treatment program to reduce tics and other symptoms of Tourette disorder, as well as improve quality of life.
For more information about the Tourette Disorder Program, please contact program director Rebecca R. Berry, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or our care management team at 646-754-4958 or email@example.com.
Our experts also offer insight and tips for parents through our workshops and webinars. To request a workshop, training session, or other resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and webinars. To request a workshop, training session, or other resources, please email email@example.com.
Our team provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care, and individualized assessments, and therapeutic approaches tailored to each patient’s needs.
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