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Becomes involved in new
activities that are of great interest. Tics often improve while your child is
focused on an activity as long as there is not a lot of surrounding stress or
agitation from being overexcited.
Remember that tics related to Tourette's disorder also sometimes
increase or decrease for no obvious reason.
Your child may also be able to hold back, or suppress, tics for a
short time. Typically, a child does this when he or she:
Is in a new place, such as at a new friend's
Is in a new situation, such as having someone new over for
Knows that someone is watching for tics, such as a
After holding back tics, most children will soon have a short period
afterward when tics are noticeably worse.
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
July 26, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 26, 2011
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