Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Tic Disorders in Children

Could your child’s abrupt movements and involuntary sounds be signs of a tic disorder like Tourette Syndrome? Use this screener quiz to assess whether to pursue an evaluation with a medical professional.

Reviewed by William Dodson, M.D., a member of ADDitude’s ADHD Specialists Panel.

Tics are sudden twitches of whole muscle groups, most commonly affecting the eye, mouth, shoulder, and neck. A tic may take the form of sounds, such as throat clearing or grunting noises. Shouting out words and profanities — the stereotypical image of a tic disorder — is rare.

Tics usually occur in waves: blinking eyes for a week or two, then facial grimacing or  vocal grunting after a period of little tic activity. Tics can be made worse by stress and physical fatigue. Boys have tics and Tourette Syndrome, the most severe form of tic disorder, four times more frequently than do girls. Tics and Tourette usually occur simultaneously with another disorder — most commonly ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and mood disorders.

To determine if your child is showing symptoms of a tic disorder, including Tourette Syndrome, take the results of thisself-test to your doctor for a full evaluation.

Adapted from the symptoms described on Childbrain.com and the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale from the Yale Child Study Center. This is not a diagnostic tool. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is for personal use only.


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What To Do Next

Read What’s the Truth About Tic Disorders?
Learn What Tic Disorder Looks Like in Children & Adults
Explore How to Treat Tic Disorders
Buy the eBook “9 Conditions Often Diagnosed with ADHD” 

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