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Tics and ADHD Medication: Exploring the Connection

adhd tic disorder Jan 02, 2024

Tics and ADHD Medication: Exploring the Connection

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders, with around 10% of children being diagnosed. Stimulant medications like amphetamines and methylphenidate are often prescribed to help manage ADHD symptoms. However, some studies suggest there's a link between tics and ADHD medication.

We’ll explore the link between ADHD meds and tics, look at the proposed mechanisms, and discuss what parents should know before starting stimulant treatment.

ADHD Medications: A Closer Look at Their Role in Tic Development

Tics are sudden, rapid, recurrent motor movements or vocalizations. Examples include eye blinking, throat clearing, and repeating words or phrases. Tic disorders include provisional/transient tic disorder, chronic motor or vocal tic disorder, and Tourette Syndrome.

Several clinical studies find that ADHD medications can trigger or exacerbate tics in a subset of children....

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Excitatory Neurotransmitters: Substance's Impact on Tourette's and Tic Disorders

tic disorder Dec 29, 2023

Excitatory Neurotransmitters: Substance's Impact on Tourette's and Tic Disorders

Tics/Tourette syndrome and excitatory substances

What this study says

What are excitatory substances?
Is there a connection and what does this mean for you?


Hey there! We'll be diving into how our diet, especially excitatory substances, affects neurological conditions. Ever wondered about the role of food in conditions like Tourette Syndrome? Let’s unravel this together.

The Science Behind Excitatory Neurotransmitters & Substances

Neurotransmitters are the brain's messengers. Excitatory ones, like glutamate, wake up our brain cells, making them more active. They're essential for learning but, if they go overboard, can lead to problems. It's a delicate balance that’s crucial for our brain's health.

Substances and Neurological Impacts

It turns out, what we eat can tickle these neurotransmitters in unexpected ways. A 2011 study shines a light on this, showing how everyday food...

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What Causes Tic Disorders? A Closer Look at the Root Causes

tic disorder Dec 26, 2023

What Causes Tic Disorders? A Closer Look at the Root Causes

First things first, what causes Tic disorders, and exactly are they? In simple terms, they're conditions where a person has sudden, uncontrolled movements or sounds, known as tics. These can range from blinking or throat clearing to more complex movements or vocalizations. But here's the twist: tic disorders are not just neurological; they're a complex mix of factors working together, kind of like a symphony, where every instrument needs to be in tune.


The Multifaceted Causes of Tic Disorders

Environmental Factors - Your surroundings play a crucial role. From household cleaners to diet, your environment could be influencing tic disorders.

Biological Factors - It's what's inside that counts too. Internal factors like gut health and food sensitivities are key players in tic disorders.

Physical Factors - Our lifestyle, including exercise and physical activity, impacts our neurological health.

Mental and Emotional...

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Do Boys and Girls Experience Tic Disorders Differently?

tic disorder Dec 26, 2023

Do Boys and Girls Experience Tic Disorders Differently?

We are talking about Boys Vs. Girls. You may have heard the statistics but what do they really mean?

what the studies say
what the studies are missing
what does this mean for your family?


Tics like throat clearing, blinking, sniffing and other involuntary movements often emerge in childhood. And as a parent, you may wonder - do tics impact boys and girls the same way? Or are there key differences?

Emerging research indicates there are some variations in how boys and girls experience tic disorders. However, the uniqueness of each child still factors in heavily.

Let’s explore what science says about gender and tics, along with the clinical perspective.

The Research on Tics: Boys vs Girls

A 2022 study discovered boys tend to have more severe outward tic symptoms. This included higher rates of coprolalia (inappropriate words or swearing) and self-injurious tics.

However, girls showed much higher incidence of...

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Navigating Tic Disorders: Exploring Alternative Therapeutic Routes

tic disorder Dec 03, 2023

Rerouting the Road to Recovery

What is rerouting and how can it help
What clues in your child health history can tell us
Is there a connection to tics and the current map you are using

Back when my son was first diagnosed with a tic disorder, I felt like I had been driving down a road only to hit a dead end. The standard medical advice telling me to just ignore his symptoms was a non-starter. My family needed answers and a way forward. What we found was more like a detour that led to a complete transformation in my son's health.


The Road Closed Sign

On a rainy weekend trip, the highway we were traveling was completely flooded out. We had no choice but to take an alternate route and make a huge detour. That experience helped me realize that when the standard “route” for treating my son’s illness left us stranded, we needed to map out a new road.

Like so many parents in my position, I was initially told by doctors there was essentially nothing to be done except...

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The Mysterious Connection of Tic Disorders and the Full Moon

tic disorder Nov 26, 2023

Unraveling the Mystery: Tic Disorders and the Full Moon

Lets get woowoo! This week we are talking about the full moon!

Does the full moon impact Tics
What clues around the full moon might tell us
Is there a connection to tics and the full moon?

The Lunar Effect: How the Full Moon Influences Us

Today, we're diving headfirst into a fascinating topic: tic disorders and their potential connection to the full moon. It's a conversation filled with intrigue and curiosity, blending scientific insights with real-world observations. So, grab your metaphorical flashlight, and let's explore the nocturnal secrets of our bodies under the lunar glow.

The Melatonin-Serotonin Shift: A Lunar Phenomenon

First off, the full moon stirs up some interesting changes in our bodies. It's known to decrease melatonin production while boosting serotonin levels. These aren't just trivial shifts; they have significant implications. Melatonin isn't just a sleep aid; it's a multifaceted hormone with various roles,...

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Rethinking Tic Disorders - Why Conventional Methods Fail

Uncategorized Nov 08, 2023

A tic disorder diagnosis is like a bomb for a parent's soul; it leaves you in pieces, and you don't have any clear direction about what to do next.

Doctors often view tic disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome as neurological issues stemming from neurotransmitter imbalances or flawed brain signaling. The conventional approach to treating tic disorders typically involves medication to suppress tics or behavioral therapies to reduce tic expression. While these interventions can provide temporary relief, they fail to address the root causes driving the problem[1][2].

Tics and other involuntary movements do not arise randomly or in isolation. They are outward manifestations of deeper imbalances needing attention. When we only medicate the outward symptoms, it is like plugging leaks without fixing the cracks in a dam. We may temporarily reduce tics, but the underlying issue remains unaddressed[1][2].

This conventional approach also puts unrealistic expectations on children to constantly...

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Exploring Alternative Treatments for Tic Disorders and Tourette's Syndrome

tic disorder Oct 29, 2023

Tic disorders like Tourette's syndrome can be frustrating to live with. While conventional treatments like medication or deep brain stimulation can help manage tics, many people are interested in alternative therapies as well. In this post, we'll explore some of the top alternative therapies for tic disorders and how they may be used as part of an integrated treatment plan.

Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral intervention (CBIT) uses competing response training to teach people with tics to replace their unwanted tics with less disruptive movements. For example, someone who jerks their neck may be taught to move a finger instead when they feel the urge to tic.

CBIT requires significant time and dedication, with therapy sessions multiple times per week. It can be effective for older children and adults but may be too demanding for young children. Studies show CBIT works best when combined with other therapies.

Acupuncture as an Alternative Treatment for Tics

Acupuncture aims to...

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Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection: How Diet Impacts Tic Disorders

Uncategorized Oct 23, 2023

Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection: How Diet Impacts Tic Disorders

For children with tic disorders, every parent asks the same question: What in the world is causing these debilitating symptoms? Though tics involve the brain and nervous system, emerging research reveals another influential factor - the gut. 

Studies tell us:

  • One study found that 84% of children with tic disorders also experienced chronic abdominal pain and other GI symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and constipation (1).
  • Research on PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections) indicates that 95% of affected children suffer from GI complaints (2). PANDAS is believed to be a subtype of OCD/tic disorders.
  • Some experts estimate up to 90% of children with tic disorders and related conditions like OCD have some form of GI or microbiome dysfunction contributing to symptoms (3).

I bet your doctor never told you any of this. Am I right?

The gut and brain intimately...

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Tic Disorder Treatment

Uncategorized Oct 08, 2023
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Tic Disorders Cheat Sheet

The guide you need if you are tired of...

 -Being written off by your doctor?
-Told to just "ignore" it?
- Feeling like you are drowning because you don't know how to help your child?

Learn the 3 Secrets Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You About Tics