Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your self-esteem may suffer as a result of Tourette syndrome. You may be embarrassed about your tics. You may hesitate to engage in social activities, such as dating or going out in public. As a result, you're at increased risk of depression and substance abuse.

To cope with Tourette syndrome:

  • Remember that tics usually get better as you get older. Tics usually reach their peak in the early teens to midteens.
  • Reach out to others dealing with Tourette syndrome for information, coping tips and support.

Children with Tourette syndrome

School may pose special challenges for children with Tourette syndrome.

To help your child:

  • Become informed. Learn as much as you can about Tourette syndrome. Talk to your doctor about any questions you have.
  • Nurture your child's self-esteem. Support your child's personal interests and friendships — both can help build self-esteem.
  • Be your child's advocate. Help educate teachers, school bus drivers and others with whom your child interacts regularly.
  • Find a support group. To help you cope, seek out a local Tourette syndrome support group. If there aren't any, consider starting one.
Aug. 10, 2012