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can tourrette syndrome be caused from child abuse?

By Anonymous December 12, 2011 - 6:45pm
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extreme childhood anxiety
3 suicide attempts before age 13
tourettes by age 3
very commanding controlling father
very weak submissive fearful mother
1 older brother
suppressed memory nightmares

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Yes, I would answer a definite yes and would go further to say that all Tourettes is caused by some type of stress i.e abuse in a child's life. I have always seen this link. That Tourettes is caused by child abuse, whether physical or emotional.

October 7, 2016 - 4:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Trust me, not ALL Tourette's is caused by abuse. Like autism, people can simply be born with it. A lot of children are diagnosed with "tic disorders" (not necessarily full blown Tourette's), and eventually grow out of it. I do believe however that blows to the head may cause changes or disturbances in neurological pathways, causing tics. I've done a ton of research because my boyfriend has it (he is 33).

October 21, 2017 - 6:50pm
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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Sorry to hear this. No doubt that a child being raised in a home like this will eventually have problems like anxiety, depression and many otheres. There is strong evidence that Tourette syndrome is passed down through families. The syndrome may be linked to problems in certain areas of the brain. 

I've included a link to might be helpful.




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