Pharmacological and behavioral management of Tourette disorder and chronic tic disorders

J. F. McGuire, C. E. Hanks, J. F. McGuire, T. K. Murphy, A. B. Lewin, E. A. Storch

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Tourette disorder and chronic tic disorders (collectively referred to as CTDs) are neuropsychiatric conditions characterized by the presence of motor and/or phonic tics. CTDs affect between 0.8-2.0% of youth and have been associated with significant distress, impairment, and a poor quality of life. Effective and efficient treatments are needed for youth with CTDs to manage their tics and accompanying problems. This paper provides an overview of pharmacological and behavioral interventions for youth with CTDs that have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials. The paper concludes by highlighting future directions for treatment research pertinent for youth with CTDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-180
Number of pages20
JournalMinerva Psichiatrica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Antipsychotic agents
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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