Tourette Syndrome

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a complex neurobehavioral disorder characterized by multiple motor tics, as well as vocalizations, which wax and wane. The motor tics involve specific muscle groups and can change from one part of the body to another. The vocalizations, or phonic tics, may involve grunting, sniffing, coughing, snorting, throat-clearing or other sounds.

The tics occur many times a day, nearly every day, or intermittently for more than a year. Many people believe that these tics and vocalizations are involuntary. However, many patients are able to suppress their tics, especially when they are concentrating intently on something.

Patients with Tourette syndrome may have other associated conditions, including anxiety, obsessive compulsive behavior, learning problems, ADD, and ADHD.  It is important to realize that although hypnosis can be quite helpful in controlling the tics, these other conditions need to be addressed separately.

When Dr. Lazarus sees patients with tics, with our without Tourette syndrome, as long as there is no significant anxiety, depression, or obsessive compulsive behavior, there is usually significant improvement after only 2 or 3 visits!


Cleveland WKYC-TV, NBC, Channel 3

Cleveland WKYC-TV, NBC, Channel 3’s Health News with Monica Robbins, aired a story about one of Dr. Lazarus’ patients, a boy with Tourette Syndrome who had been asked to leave school for a week because his cough tic was so disruptive to the class. As Monica Robins, the health news anchor, reports, the child was able to control the cough tic after meeting two or three times with Dr. Lazarus. Five years later, he is still doing well. When a tic occurs, he is able to control it using the techniques that he learned from Dr. Lazarus.


Cleveland WJW, Fox, Channel 8

That’s Life with Robin Swoboda,
WJW/Fox8 News in Cleveland, Ohio, features an interview with Jeffrey Lazarus, MD on February 21, 2007.


Tourette Syndrome Case Study

View case study of how one child was able to control his cough tic

Contact Dr. Lazarus if you would like him to speak to your physician’s or special interest group.


Publications on Hypnosis for Tics and Tourette Syndrome

JDBP Abstract : Nonpharmacological Treatment of Tics in Tourette Syndrome (PDF)

07/12/10: Self-Hypnosis Training May Help Children With Tourette Syndrome, Study Finds, by Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times (PDF)

05/17/07: Pediatrician Sees Results In Hypnosis, by Sue Reid, Chagrin Valley Times (PDF)