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Tics are sudden, rapid, recurrent, non-rhythmic movements or vocalizations.
The DSM-5 describes several individual tic disorders as separate but related entities:
- Common, neurobehavioral tic disorder, marked by the presence of both multiple motor AND at least one vocal tics, lasting for a year or more, with onset before age 18
Persistent (chronic) motor or vocal tic disorder
- Common, neurobehavioral tic disorder, marked by the presence of either motor OR vocal tics, lasting for a year or more, with onset before age 18
Provisional tic disorder
- Marked by the presence of single OR multiple motor AND/OR vocal tics, lasting less than a year, with onset before age 18
Other specified tic disorder
- Presentation of tics is clinically significant and may cause impairment in daily functioning but does not meet full criteria for a tic disorder for any specific reason (e.g., onset after 18 years)
Unspecified tic disorder
- Insufficient information to make a more specific diagnosis
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Last updated: October 17, 2014
Specht, Matt W, and Arlec Cabrera. "Tic Disorders." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2014. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787158/all/Tic_Disorders.
Specht MW, Cabrera A. Tic Disorders. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2014. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787158/all/Tic_Disorders. Accessed October 17, 2019.
Specht, M. W., & Cabrera, A. (2014). Tic Disorders. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787158/all/Tic_Disorders
Specht MW, Cabrera A. Tic Disorders [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2014. [cited 2019 October 17]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787158/all/Tic_Disorders.
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