Understanding Tourette Syndrome: A Guide to Symptoms, Management and Treatment

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Understanding Tourette Syndromesets out concise, evidence-based guidelines on this developmental disorder by combining an exploration of signs, diagnosis and treatment with a broader psychosocial approach. Zanaboni and Mauro outline the various symptoms of the disease, including tics, echolalia, palilalia, coprolalia and copropraxia, with the aim of demonstrating to all those involved in the life of a TS child ways to manage a range of situations from diagnosis to day-to-day life.

Therapies and social intervention, including habit reversal therapy and deep brain stimulation, are described at length, allowing caregivers to evaluate the best course of treatment. The fully up-to-date manual focuses on improving quality of life by offering practical ways of managing the condition at school and in the family, with additional emphasis on sibling relationships and childhood friendship. Understanding Tourette Syndromealso analyses the legal aspects relating to the condition to highlight how the neurological nature of Tourette syndrome needs to be considered in evaluating causality of committing crimes. The authors' straightforward language and expert subject knowledge makes the topic accessible for any reader, and case studies demonstrate how to apply scientific understanding of the condition to a real-life situation.

This unique guide is essential reading for parents and practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, counselling, mental health, nursing, child welfare, public healthcare, and those in education. It will also be of interest to postgraduates studying courses in Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology.

alyses the legal aspects relating to the condition to highlight how the neurological nature of Tourette syndrome needs to be considered in evaluating causality of committing crimes. The authors' straightforward language and expert subject knowledge makes the topic accessible for any reader, and case studies demonstrate how to apply scientific understanding of the condition to a real-life situation.

This unique guide is essential reading for parents and practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, counselling, mental health, nursing, child welfare, public healthcare, and those in education. It will also be of interest to postgraduates studying courses in Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology.

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About the author (2019)

Carlotta Zanaboni Dina is psychologist and psychotherapist of AIST (Italian Association for TS patients), and Trainer of two CBT Academies. She has been working at the Tourette Syndrome Centre, Milan, Italy, for 10 years. She previously conducted her studies at the Yale Child Study Center, US, with Professor Leckman, and also in London, UK, namely with Professor Robertson and Dr. Hedderly's team at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital.

Mauro Porta, neurologist, is former Teaching Professor of the University of Milan, founder of AIST, and Director of the Extrapyramidal Diseases and Tourette Syndrome Centre at Galeazzi Clinical and Research Hospital, Milan, Italy. He worked at the Northwestern University of Chicago, USA, and got a Master Degree in Functional Neurosurgery. Named also as "Charcot's son", Mauro spent several years working at the Salpêtrière Hospital of Paris, birthplace of Tourette syndrome.

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