Involuntary Movements


Tic disorders are sudden onset, rapid, rhythmic and involuntary muscle movements. Tics are often precursors and clear manifestations of internal tensions or conflicts.

Although tic disorders can be seen at any age, they are more common between the ages of 7-11.

What are the Types of Teak?

1) Movement Tics (motor tics)

Eye blinking, nose curling, lip licking, head nodding, shrugging, finger snapping, foot shaking, copropraxia (involuntary obscene gestures – making signs) etc.

2) Vocal Tics (vocal tics)

Coughing, sniffing, throat clearing, whistling, echolalia (repeating the words of the other person), coprolali (obscene speech), etc.

What are the Causes of Tics in Children?

Sometimes as a result of physical irritation or discomfort in a region or organ,

As a result of psychological factors that occur at a young age,

In situations related to stress, strain or shock,

As a result of extreme excitement or fearful events,

In cases where the child grows up in unhealthy conditions, tic disorder may develop as a reaction to the behaviors.

One of the most important causes of tics is imitation.

What are the Ways to Prevent Tics in Children?

The child should be kept away from frightening events, environments, situations, people and objects,

The tic shown by the child should not be made fun of, pressure should not be created by constant warning,

The child should be shown care and love,

If the child exhibits tic behavior in a certain situation or in a certain environment, this environment or situation should be thoroughly reviewed,

It should be kept in mind that tic behavior develops beyond the child’s control.

Tic Disorder Treatment:

Tic disorders can be treated by specialists today, mostly with psychotherapy and medication. In the treatment of tic disorder, both the child and the parents should receive support. Early intervention and parents’ knowledge of the issue is very important.

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