What exactly is Tourette Syndrome? The link between Social Media overuse and neurological illness

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Ketan Barot
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Tourette Syndrome is becoming a growing source of concern among adolescent girls in the United States. Tics, a neurological illness, are caused by Tourette Syndrome. Tics have been linked to stress and depression in teenagers, according to researchers, and some experts have also linked the condition to excessive use of social media.

Tic disorders can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, one of which is Tourette Syndrome. Tics are repeated involuntary movements and vocalizations.

Tourette’s Syndrome

Tic Disorder manifests itself in a variety of ways, one of which is Tourette Syndrome. Tics are repeated involuntary movements and vocalizations.

The syndrome is associated with a neurological system disorder that causes tics or recurring twitches, movements, or sounds. Tics are involuntary behaviours, which means they can’t stop their bodies from acting in certain ways. For example, a person may keep blinking over and over.

Tourette syndrome symptoms

Tics are characterized by eye blinking, facial grimacing, jaw motions, head bobbing/jerking, shoulder shrugging, neck stretching, arms jerking, sniffing, throat clearing, grunting, hooting, and shouting. Complex motor tics are slower and more deliberate in appearance, involving multiple muscle groups or movement combinations. Tourette’s syndrome has been linked to many parts of the brain, including the basal ganglia, which aids in movement control.


Doctors believe that the causes of Tourette Syndrome are unknown. The cause could be “brain maldevelopment, which may limit one’s ability to engage or socialize with people.” It usually starts as a child grows up.

Treatment and prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that no single test can be used to diagnose the illness. ‘ Health professionals examine the symptoms to determine the syndrome and other tic disorders. Tic disorders differ in terms of the type of tic present (motor, verbal, or a combination of both) and the duration of the symptoms. “One-on-one counselling with a psychiatrist or psychologist is required,” says a psychiatrist or psychologist. Medication will not cure Tourette Syndrome.


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