Understanding and Treating Tourette's & Tic Disorder

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Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) represents the most serious diagnosis on the Tic Disorder spectrum, as classified by the DSM-V and the ICD-10. TS is a stigmatizing, incurable, poorly understood and underdiagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder of unknown aetiology. TS has a surprisingly high rate of prevalence and is frequently accompanied by comorbid disorders (particularly ADHD and OCD). Despite its prevalence, few academic curriculums include the study of this class of disorders. As a result, most professionals feel poorly equipped to help this underserved clinical population. This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to TS and Tic Disorders and to enhance your confidence when working in this area.

Dr. Deirdre A. O’Hare (Hons Psych; M.Psych-Clinical; Ph.D.-Psychology) is a Clinical Psychologist working with the adult psychology team at the Central Health Medical Practice. She is fully registered with the Australian Board and a member of the Australia Psychological Society. Dr. O’Hare’s practice involves assessment, diagnosis and therapy for a broad range of adult psychopathology, personality and behavioural problems. She offers assessment, diagnostic and psychological support for children (and their families), as well as adults, with Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorders. TS and Tic disorders were the subject of her doctoral research and she is internationally published in these areas.