Adults with Tourette Syndrome improved their symptoms by 57 percent after receiving cognitive-behavioral therapy as part of a study published in the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, according to a recent article on Health Day, a service of MedLine Plus.
“Cognitive-behavioral therapy emphasizing habit reversal training has been found to be very effective in reducing tics associated with Tourette syndrome,” said Dr. Bradley C. Riemann, who oversees CBT treatment at Rogers. “This particular study investigated its use in adults, but it has also been found to be effective in children and adolescents. We have been using habit reversal training across the age span in our programs for the last two to three years. It has really made a difference.”
Tourette Syndrome is often diagnosed in children and adolescents, with symptoms showing up between ages 7 and 10. Those who are diagnosed with Tourette’s are often diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression.