Tics/PANS/PANDAS: Why you don't need another MD

Uncategorized Jan 14, 2022

Have you already seen a Primary Care Physician, a Neurologist, an Allergist, an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist, a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, participated in a clinic, or tried CBIT therapy or any combination of these in an attempt to help your child? In your experience with doctors, have you been prescribed medication for your child in order to help with tics, sudden behavior changes, or chronic complaints like stomach aches, heartburn, and/or constipation? Did doctors run CBC blood tests only to report everything is “fine” and “normal” when deep down you know something just isn’t right? 

 

Parents of kids with chronic medical concerns are the kings and queens of the google search bar. We are guilty of trying every suggestion we hear hoping and praying it will be the thing that works for our children. We lay awake at night worrying and we get on waitlists for prestigious doctors who will just medicate our children and book a follow-up weeks...

Continue Reading...

The Top Four Tic Disorder Triggers

Uncategorized Dec 20, 2021

If you are a parent whose child struggles with tics, then you know that a tic is characterized by sudden, repetitive movements or vocalizations called tics. Tics are often classified as either motor or vocal. Motor tics are movements such as eye blinking, facial grimacing, head shaking, and shoulder shrugging. Phonic tics are sounds such as coughing, throat clearing, whistling, and grunting.

Many parents feel stuck when it comes to their child's tic; they don't know how to help them, and watching them is heartbreaking.

Tics are not purely neurological! I know mind-blowing, right? So you have a tic you see a neurologist, and he tells you to "ignore it"...

Today, we will look a little bit deeper at triggering events and the connection with tics.

What is a triggering event?

A triggering event is any physical, environmental, psychological, biological, or emotional trauma that can affect an individual. It can be something as minor as cold to something more severe like surgery. Tics are...

Continue Reading...

KIDS OUT OF CONTROL? HOW TO OPTIMIZE NUTRITION FOR OPTIMAL BEHAVIOR

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2021

Far too often I see clients come into my office and mom is about to pull her hair out because their child is out of control. 

He has mood swings, doesn't sleep, bounces off the walls, only wants to eat junk, and mom is about to lose her mind! All of these go hand in hand with tic disorders. 

I get it, I have worn those shoes and I know that nutrition plays a BIG part in behavior. Kids, naturally, need vitamins and minerals and in some cases, they need far more than the RDA. Not only do they need them for the same reasons we do, but they also need extra vitamins and minerals to build their bodies up to their full adult size. RDA does not equate to optimum health, RDA is a minimum created to keep you from getting diseases like scurvy. 

A deficiency in even one micronutrient would mean a kid develops rickets, skin problems, allergies, or a poor attention span. So, naturally, as parents, we want to feed our kids the healthiest possible diet, loaded with vitamins and...

Continue Reading...

TIC DISORDERS AND ANXIETY

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2021
Many children with a tic disorder diagnosis also struggle with a laundry list of other issues including anxiety. One in three children in the US is diagnosed with anxiety and half of them also struggle with depression. Tic disorders and anxiety have been on the rise over the past 30 years and are being diagnosed more than ever. The big question is why?
 
Conquering Anxiety!  I cannot tell you how many people I know who say they suffer from anxiety and depression. I see everyone on Facebook post every day about how they can’t even function because their anxiety is so bad. For most people, the anxiety depression, and panic seem to snowball and it gets worse and worse every day.  So many people think that anxiety is just part of their life and that is how they are going to have to live.  Let me be the first to tell you that you don’t have to live this way. Your issues are a symptom of a much caused by something much deeper and it’s a...
Continue Reading...

TIC DISORDERS AND THE MICROBIOME

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2021

Tic disorders stem from stress and our children seem to be living in a constant state of fight or flight. 

What do your kids do when their mood is off and feel stressed?

Most of the time they act out or behave badly. They have mood swings and cry. They may also binge eat for comfort. For children with tic disorders you most often will see an increase in tics and sometimes a new tic will arise.

Children especially small children don’t know how to deal with stress and they certainly don’t know how to listen to their bodies. For every one signal, your brain sends to your gut sends 10 signals to your brain. Those little guys in your gut are in charge! After reading this article, you may consider yogurt, a handful of walnuts, or maybe even some dark chocolate as your go-to mood-boosters and stress-busters.

Today, we’ll unpack some of the exciting (and preliminary) new research about the link between your gut health and moods/stress. We’ll talk about...

Continue Reading...

Tic Disorders, ADHD, OCD, and Sensory Processing: What's the Connection?

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2021

As parents, we are always on the lookout for how to stop tics or tic disorders treatments but we don't take into account how another diagnosis might be connected to tics. 

Children who suffer from Tic disorders, ADHD, OCD, or Sensory processing are more likely to have another diagnosis. Tic disorders and other related diagnoses often go hand in hand with each other. A co-diagnosis is when a child has two different diagnoses that go together. Tics may be the most noticeable of these conditions, but they typically accompany one of these three: ADHD, OCD, or sensory processing disorder. We are going to explore tic disorders and how they relate to other mental health issues such as ADHD, OCD, SPD, and even autism spectrum disorders.

Tics may be observed in children diagnosed with ADHD. For example, a child with Tourette Syndrome (TS) accompanied by attention deficits will meet the diagnostic criteria for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Tic disorder is also comorbid...

Continue Reading...

Ultimate Tic Disorder Guide

Uncategorized Nov 15, 2021

Ultimate Guide to Tic Disorders

What are tics?

I get it…you are tired, frustrated, and confused! You have a tic diagnosis but no idea what it really means for you or your child. You have searched the internet and tried magnesium and B6. You have looked for natural treatments for tics, how to make tics stop, facial twitches, facial tics, eye blinking, or even natural remedies for tics, but you still feel like you are shooting in the dark.

 What are tics? 


Tics are brief, sudden movements or sounds. They may happen at random times and many times each day. A tic is hard to stop, but you are awake and aware during a tic. Tics do not cause you to lose consciousness and usually do not happen in your sleep. 

Tourette's are both vocal and motor tics that last for more than one year.

Many people will tell you that their child's tics come and go (wax and wane). That was true for us, but we didn't realize that particular triggers caused the tics to come and go. ...

Continue Reading...

What is at the Root of Your Child's Tic Disorder

Uncategorized Nov 08, 2021

I bet your doctor has never told you this before...

Chronic inflammation is the primary driver of chronic disease and the underlying cause of chronic illnesses. So if your child has a tic disorder, it's time to explore where that inflammation is coming from.

Am I right? That's what I thought, and honestly, only one of our eight doctors has ever talked to us about inflammation. 

Plus, I am sure you have wondered "how do you get rid of a tic?"

Before we dive in, you have to understand that inflammation is not just inflammation; inflammation comes in different forms, both necessary for health and harmful if it's chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is an integral part of your immune response and the first line of defense for your body against harmful stimuli like germs and toxins.

But inflammation, as with all things in life, is not black or white; Inflammation can be necessary but also harmful, which means that a specific type of inflammation has to be dealt with accordingly (more...

Continue Reading...

Tic Disorders: Medical Treatments Vs. Natural Approaches

Uncategorized Nov 01, 2021

Tic Disorders: Medical Treatments  Vs. Natural Approaches

      Tic disorders include both motor and vocal tics. Tics can be physical, such as blinking or arm flailing, or verbal, such as the sounds made by grunting and barking. Tics are involuntary and very difficult to control. It is estimated that 1 in every 162 children struggles with tic disorders and many practitioners feel that many more cases go undiagnosed. Tic disorders typically first appear between ages six and twelve but this number does not consider those whose tic disorder was acquired after the age of 18. Tics tend to come on suddenly in those who have previously been developing normally without any noted problems with motor skills or speech up until that point.

         The exact cause of tic disorders can vary although factors such as genetics may play a role. However, in cases, such and PANS/PANDAS infectious disease and underlying infections...

Continue Reading...

THE LINK BETWEEN INCREASED TICS AND ILLNESS

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2021

THE LINK BETWEEN INCREASED TICS AND ILLNESS

I am sure you are wondering is there a connection between my kid getting sick and an increase in tics.

Are you ready for a science lesson? This week are going to dive into why your child's tics seem to get worse when they are sick. When your child is sick with an infection or illness, it's normal for tics to increase. However, they're often worse when the child has a fever. This is because the body's immune system reacts to fight off the invading virus or bacteria.

When tics increase, especially when our kids are sick, it is essential to look at the immune system and inflammatory response. When your immune system becomes activated, it starts releasing inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are a normal and natural response of the innate immune system. Cytokines are tiny proteins that are critical in controlling the growth and activity of other immune system cells as well as blood cells. When cytokins are released, they signal the immune...

Continue Reading...
1 2 3 4
Close

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