WHAT IS TOURETTE?
CHILDREN HIT HARDEST
Tourette impacts children at a particularly vulnerable age –sufferers typically experience their first tics on average between age 3 and 9. And the more the child tries to suppress a tic, the more severe and compulsive it becomes. The psychological and social effects are devastating.
Yet developing a safe treatment with few side effects remains a challenge. Tourette is a complex condition. As with many other neurosteroid and hormone conditions, it is severely aggravated by stress. Complex co-morbidities with other stress disorders are common: 86% of patients with Tourette have at least one additional behavioral or developmental disorder (Univ. California, San Francisco) – ranging from ADHD, OCD/B, inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and childhood conduct disorder – all of which could also be heavily impacted by Allopregnanolone, the same potent neurosteroid that plays a key role in PMDD.
TOURETTE: A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON CHILDREN
of children with TS have considered suicide and/or self-harm.
have felt discriminated against (incl. bullying, suspension, exclusion).
are forced to miss school. (1)
With stress and comorbidities exacerbating the condition, and with conventional treatments presenting serious side effects, Tourette is unsurprisingly highly refractory:
Of children and adolescents take prescription medication to manage TS
of parents feel their child’s symptoms are not adequately controlled by existing medication.
of children and adolescents have tried five or more different medications. (1)
1. 2018 Impact Survey, Tourette Association of America