Books on Tourette Syndrome

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Brill, Marlene Targ
This volume in the Twenty-First Century Medical Library series begins with three case studies of individuals with varying symptoms of the much-misunderstood Tourette syndrome. A concise chapter provides information about the history of the illness, with Brill pointing out that historical information remains vague and sometimes unverifiable. More solid are the facts about neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette's work and the descriptions of the physiological symptoms of the condition. Brill also discusses treatments and draws connections between TS and other disorders, including obsessive-compulsive behavior, hyperactivity, and learning disabilities. The last chapter comprises suggestions for reducing stress, building self-esteem, and fighting discrimination. -- Booklist

Bruun, Ruth Dowling; Bruun, Bertel
Presenting information never before available in one source, this book explains Tourette's sydrome in an informative, comprehensive, and accessible manner.

Buehrens, Adam
A fictional story for children about how three boys with disabilities, taunted by their peers, find the magical power to cure their disorders.

Carroll, Amber; Robertson, Mary
This handbook provides the knowledge and information required to equip teachers and learning support assistants with the understanding and skills needed when working with pupils with Tourette syndrome. Clinical descriptions and medical treatments are discussed and advice on diagnosis, identification and assessment in the classroom is given. Responding to the learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties pupils may experience, the authors provide multi-disciplinary strategies for application within a school.

Chowdhury, Uttom; Heyman, Isobel
This essential guide to tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome tackles problems faced both at home and at school, such as adjusting to the diagnosis, the effect on siblings and classroom difficulties. Dr. Chowdhury offers advice on how to manage symptoms, describing psychological techniques such as habit reversal and massed practice and reviewing available medical treatments. In clear, accessible language, this book explains the clinical signs and symptoms of Tourette and related conditions, and their possible causes. Presenting practical strategies for dealing with associated difficulties, including low self-esteem, anger-management and bullying, this book will be invaluable to parents, teachers, social workers other professionals.

Comings, David
Dr. Comings tells the story of his 18 years of involvement with Tourette syndrome, from both the level of treating thousands of patients with this common and complex disorder, to his clinical, genetic and molecular genetic research. He quickly realized this was more than just a tic disorder. His patients and their relatives had problems with a wide range of behaviors including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD0, obsessive compulsive behaviors, conduct and oppositional defiant disorder, rages, mania, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, sexual, sleep, and other disorders. Because Tourette syndrome is genetic, this involvement with a spectrum of disorders had broad implications about the causes of behaviors that most mental health workers attributed to psychological problems, poor parenting, or learned behaviors. His genetic studies led him to eventually conclude that Tourette syndrome was a polygenic disorder caused by the coming together from both parents of a number of genes affecting dopamine, serotonin and other brain chemical. Dr. Comings relates how the concept that many human behavioral disorders were genetically interrelated was initially ridiculed. These attitudes began to change as other reported similar findings and as his concept gained support from molecular genetic studies of specific genes

Comings, David
The story of how Tourette syndrome, a common hereditary disorder, provides insights into the cause and treatment of a wide range of human behavioral problems. It covers diagnosis, associated behaviors including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disorders, dyslexia, conduct disorder, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, alcoholism, drug abuse, obesity, depression, panic attacks, phobias, night terrors, bed wetting, sleep disturbances, lying, stealing, inappropriate sexual behavior, and others, brain structure and chemistry, treatment and implications for society, over 2,500 references, 30 page Tourette syndrome-Human Behavior Questionnaire, and Extensive index

deFilippo, Michael
Getting Personal, Stories of Life with Tourette Syndrome contains twenty-two stories depicting life with Tourette syndrome.

Dornbush, Marilyn; Pruitt, Sheryl
Provides information to teachers and parents to aid in the teaching of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Fowler, Rick
The Unwelcome Companion is an insider's view of Tourette syndrome (TS), an often misunderstood neurological disorder. With a lifetime array of characters, Rick Fowler weaves a first-hand account of his struggle with a merciless and disruptive disorder, and his determination to succeed despite the odds. Once mistaken for madness, even demonic possessions, Tourette syndrome is unique in its ability to force a person to uncontrollably jerk, shout, perform bizarre acts, or involuntarily utter profane statements. The Unwelcome Companion not only discusses the symptoms, causes, and treatments for TS, it takes the reader inside the Tourettic mind. Never before has such a detailed and fascinating account of the inner sensations associated with this complex syndrome been published. The Unwelcome Companion is essential reading for anyone afflicted with TS, their friends and families, teachers and caregivers.

Handler, Lowell
In this revealing memoir Handler tells of how Tourette's has shaped his life and provides insight into the strange symptoms that are often debilitating and alienating. As the title suggests, Twitch and Shout is no plea for pity; it is a heartfelt and often humorous effort to reclaim and humanize a disorder that can keep others at a distance.

Heenan, Patricia
Kevin and Me is a heartfelt memoir of a single mother who struggled with her son's Tourette syndrome and discovered music therapy as a magical influence on him and their relationship. Her courageous story covers Kevin's life from age six when his TS tics first appeared to his late twenties when he transformed from a violent man into a peaceful person. The author relates her personal account of music therapy with Kevin, a person with Tourette syndrome, developmental and learning disabilities, ADHD, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Hernandez, E. Antonio

Hesser, Terry Spencer
Fourteen-year-old Tara Sullivan has always been a worrier. On the surface, she has been able to behave like a normal girl. But when she is 11 years old, she hears a phrase that changes her life: Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Now, everywhere she goes, Tara must count every crack in the sidewalk. If she gets interrupted or loses her place, she has to go home and start all over again. As she gets older, her "habits" don't get better--they change and increase. She has to arrange her meals, recite prayers, and chat with her dolls, over and over again. Tara does not know why she has these habits, she just knows that she has no choice: she has to complete the rituals. Then one day, before leaving the house, she finds herself kissing her fingertips and touching the doorknob . . . .

Icon Health Publications
This is a "must have" reference book for patients, parents, caregivers, and libraries with medical collections. This sourcebook is organized into three parts. Part I explores basic techniques to researching tourette syndrome (e.g. finding guidelines on diagnosis, treatments, and prognosis), followed by a number of topics, including information on how to get in touch with organizations, associations, or other patient networks dedicated to tourette syndrome. It also gives you sources of information that can help you find a doctor in your local area specializing in treating tourette syndrome. Collectively, the material presented in Part I is a complete primer on basic research topics for patients with tourette syndrome. Part II moves on to advanced research dedicated to tourette syndrome. Part II is intended for those willing to invest many hours of hard work and study. It is here that we direct you to the latest scientific and applied research on tourette syndrome. When possible, contact names, links via the Internet, and summaries are provided. In general, every attempt is made to recommend "free-to-use" options. Part III provides appendices of useful background reading for all patients with tourette syndrome or related disorders. The appendices are dedicated to more pragmatic issues faced by many patients with tourette syndrome. Accessing materials via medical libraries may be the only option for some readers, so a guide is provided for finding local medical libraries which are open to the public. Part III, therefore, focuses on advice that goes beyond the biological and scientific issues facing patients with tourette syndrome.

Krueger, Tia

Kurlan, Roger
Provides a comprehensive discussion of tics and the associated behavioral disorders that often accompany chronic tic syndromes. The differential diagnosis and assessment of chronic tic disorders are discussed in detail, as are the state of the art neurobiology and the genetics and epidemiology, including the current work in progress that attempts to localize the gene for Tourette's syndrome. Other chapters discuss the clinical care of patients with tic disorders, including the pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment and the approach to behavioral disorders of Tourette's syndrome. Special topics include future research into Tourette's and tic disorder syndromes, and the role of the Tourette Syndrome Association. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Kushner, Howard
Over a century and a half ago, a French physician reported the bizarre behavior of a young aristocratic woman who would suddenly, without warning, erupt in a startling fit of obscene shouts and curses. The image of the afflicted Marquise de Dampierre echoes through the decades as the emblematic example of an illness that today represents one of the fastest-growing diagnoses in North America. Tourette syndrome is a set of behaviors, including recurrent ticcing and involuntary shouting (sometimes cursing) as well as obsessive-compulsive actions. The fascinating history of this syndrome reveals how cultural and medical assumptions have determined and radically altered its characterization and treatment from the early nineteenth century to the present. A Cursing Brain? traces the problematic classification of Tourette syndrome through three distinct but overlapping stories: that of the claims of medical knowledge, that of patients' experiences, and that of cultural expectations and assumptions. Earlier researchers asserted that the bizarre ticcing and impromptu vocalizations were psychological-resulting from sustained bad habits or lack of self-control. Today, patients exhibiting these behaviors are seen as suffering from a neurological disease and generally are treated with drug therapy. Although current clinical research indicates that Tourette's is an organic disorder, this pioneering history of the syndrome reminds us to be skeptical of medical orthodoxies so that we may stay open to fresh understandings and more effective interventions.

Kutscher, Martin
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children -- from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders -- whether at home, at school, or in other settings -- along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.

Kutscher, Martin
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children-from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders-whether at home, at school, or in other settings-along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.

Leckman, James; Cohen, Donald
Once thought to be rare, Tourette's Syndrome is now seen as a relatively common childhood disorder either in its complete or partial incarnations. Drawing on the work of contributors hailing from the prestigeous Yale University Child Psychiatry Department, this edited volume explores the disorder from many persepctives, mapping out the diagnosis, genetics, phenomenology, natural history, and treatment of Tourette's Syndrome.

Leckman, James; Cohen, Donald
Reflecting more than 25 years of research, this comprehensive resource describes the major categories of disorders (TS, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities) as well as the strengths and adaptation of individuals with Tourette's. A broad, detailed discussion of pathogenesis is provided, including epidemiological studies and environmental risk and protective factors. The book also highlights the necessary partnerships between children, families, and clinicians in the struggle to achieve wished-for outcomes.

Lidle, Agi
Now, a book that offers you a new perspective on improving attention deficit disorders and disruptive behaviors, WITHOUT prescription drugs, by an authority on natural health and nutrition. This book contains real life personal stories of struggles and triumphs. It also contains the life-altering "Triumph Over Paradigm". This easy-to-use, 3-step model shows you "How To" get started and achieve positive results in 30 days or less by: Adopting Open Thinking, Manifesting The Power Of Words and Acting On A Healthy Food Program.

Lynn, George
Genius! is an inspiring guide to nurturing the remarkable abilities of "attention different" (AD) children diagnosed with conditions such as autism, Asperger Syndrome, AD/HD, bipolar disorder, or Tourette Syndrome (TS). Drawing on their experiences with their own son, who has TS, George T. Lynn and Joanne Barrie Lynn offer a positive parenting philosophy and successful strategies for creating an affirmative social and emotional environment that unlocks the potential genius in 'neurologically eccentric' children. The authors emphasize the importance of identifying the signs of giftedness, providing the necessary care and mentoring, and using medication with due consideration of its benefits and limitations. They also acknowledge the need to confront the 'dark side' of atypical neurology -- obsessiveness, self-centredness and hyperactivity -- and offer helpful advice on ensuring parents' and carers' own emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

Moe, Barbara
This informative book discusses Tourette syndrome, tic disorders, and related problems affecting activities, moods, learning, behavior, and sleep. Moe combines solid information, brief case studies, and sound advice as she explores the many facets of these related disorders, the ways in which they affect young people's lives, resources available to those looking for medical or legal help, and strategies for coping in daily life. Her straightforward approach and matter-of-fact, supportive tone make the information readily accessible to young readers, even those who come to the topic with some degree of discomfort. Although primarily speaking to young people with Tourette syndrome and tic disorders, the book also addresses their families and friends. A helpful guide to a subject rarely discussed in books for young people, though it certainly touches many lives. -- Booklist

Ottinger, Becky; Engh, Frederick
This unique A-Z resource guide is for anyone needing information and common-sense strategies as they deal with the neurological disorders of Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Written from both a parent and an educator's perspective, the guide offers insights into the world of the children and families who deal with these disorders through factual information interspersed with both funny and sad stories. Helpful handouts and fact sheets, ready to be copied with the publisher's permission, are customized for the bus driver, general education teacher, counselor and other school staff, in addition to the family physician, dentist, Scout and other leisure time leaders, family members and others.

Robertson, Mary
Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome (or Tourette's Syndrome), is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder affecting about 5 people in every 10,000. It is characterized by motor and vocal tics, and upsetting anti-social behavior such as involuntary swearing and obscene gestures. This book, written by a psychologist and a psychiatrist who have been researching Tourette's Syndrome for many years, explains the causes of the syndrome, how it is diagnosed, and the ways in which it can be treated. Essential reading for Tourette's sufferers, their relatives and friends, Tourette's Syndrome: The Facts will also be of use to clinicians, general practitioners, schoolteachers, and anyone seeking an accessible introduction to the disorder.

Seligman, Adam War; Hilkevich, John
Don't Think About Monkeys is a remarkable collection of stories written by fourteen people who live with Tourette syndrome. Ranging from three teenagers learning to come to grips with teasing to adults encountering discrimination, the collection represents the incredible diversity of a disorder as diverse as life itself. The drama of living with a disability and the comedy of a Tourette syndrome conference show the range of a book the Oliver Sacks called "A fascinatingly varied book."

Shimberg, Elaine
Designed for sufferers of Tourette's and their families and friends, a practical guide offers detailed information about diagnosing, treating, and dealing with Tourette syndrome at home, school, and work.

Waltz, Mitzi
Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder usually diagnosed in childhood. It is characterized by tics, physical jerks, and involuntary vocalizations. Children with Tourette's can experience anxiety, embarrassment, sometimes even harassment. Their symptoms often prevent them from building good relationships, achieving their best in school, and having a normal childhood. The good news is that OCD is very treatable. Tourette's Syndrome helps parents secure an accurate and complete diagnosisLive with Tourette's in the family: use effective parenting techniques, build support systems, and handle difficult issues; understand medical interventions; get appropriate medical care from an existing health plan; deal with Tourette's in the community and workplace; navigate the education system; find resources.

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