Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Tic Disorder in Adults

Use this simple self-quiz to determine if your involuntary movements or sounds may be signs of a tic disorder. Discuss the results with a trained medical professional.

Reviewed by William Dodson, M.D.

A tic is a sudden, brisk, repeated movement or twitch of an entire group of muscles, or short utterances that can vary from grunts to barks to clearing the throat. They happen on their own so automatically that individuals with tics commonly are not aware of them. Tics usually get worse under stress or strong emotions, but they always disappear when the patient is asleep.

Tic disorders are not only a childhood condition; in reality, they affect approximately 1 in 100 adults, too. Tic disorders do tend to get better with age, with the worst symptoms usually happening during the teen years.

The extreme variety of tic disorder that causes patients to shout out profanities and/or make lewd gestures is extremely rare. Much more common are patterns of small vocal tics or movements — like throat clearing or eye twitching — that last for more than a month.

Use this quick self-test to see if your symptoms match up with commonly known presentations of tic disorders. If they do, share the results with your doctor and discuss pursuing a professional diagnosis.

Adapted from the symptoms described by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale from the Yale Child Study Center. This is not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about a possible tic disorder, see a health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is for personal use only.

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