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How should I take care of myself if I have Tourette's syndrome?

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Often, the hardest part of living with Tourette's is dealing with the embarrassment or frustration of having tics you can't control. While you're getting help from your doctor, you can do a few other things to feel better:

  • Get support. Your family, friends, health care team, or a support group can help you meet the challenges of Tourette's syndrome.
  • Stay active. Play sports, paint, or volunteer. These activities will take your mind off your symptoms.
  • Relax. Read a book, listen to music, meditate, or do yoga. Low-key activities you enjoy can combat the stress that can lead to tics.
  • Educate yourself. Learn everything you can about your condition so you'll know what to do when you have symptoms.

From: Tourette's Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Tourette Syndrome."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Tourette's Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Tourette Syndrome."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Tourette's Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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