From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- What is it?
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 3 and 9 years.
- Who has it?
TS occurs in people from all ethnic groups; males are affected about three to four times more often than females. It is estimated that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibit milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics.
- How is it diagnosed?
TS is a diagnosis that doctors make after verifying that the patient has had both motor and vocal tics for at least 1 year. The existence of other neurological or psychiatric conditions can also help doctors arrive at a diagnosis. Common tics are not often misdiagnosed by knowledgeable clinicians. However, atypical symptoms or atypical presentations (for example, onset of symptoms in adulthood) may require specific specialty expertise for diagnosis.
It is not uncommon for patients to obtain a formal diagnosis of TS only after symptoms have been present for some time.
The reasons for this are many. For families and physicians unfamiliar with TS, mild and even moderate tic symptoms may be considered inconsequential, part of a developmental phase, or the result of another condition. For example, parents may think that eye blinking is related to vision problems or that sniffing is related to seasonal allergies. Many patients are self-diagnosed after they, their parents, other relatives, or friends read or hear about TS from others.
- What do you hope to achieve with the documentary?
We live in a world where societal beliefs influence what we collectively believe is possible. At one point, running a mile in under four minutes was considered a biological impossibility, until one man proved otherwise — and then many people followed suit soon after. Our hope is to bring awareness to the challenges facing individuals with conditions such as Tourette’s, and offer new ways of thinking about these, and other, limitations.
- How does someone get involved?
If you suffer from, or know of someone with, severe Tourette’s Syndrome and are looking for ways of overcoming its symptoms, feel free to contact us for more information.
- Are results guaranteed? Does this film present a cure?
The results presented in this film are representative of five individuals who experienced some remarkable shifts by applying Rational Inquiry®’s tools and methods. This does not necessarily mean the same would occur in all cases. It is also important to acknowledge that the individuals in this film demonstrated openness, eagerness and tremendous courage in seeking to overcome their Tourette’s.
- Why was Tourette’s chosen and not some other condition?
After Marc Elliot experienced such a dramatic decrease in his symptoms after taking Executive Success Programs, it begged the question whether this could be the case for others as well. Fueled by a deep curiosity and desire to help others, Executive Success Programs welcomed additional individuals with Tourette’s Syndrome to see whether it was possible — or whether Marc’s experience was unique. So far, it seems, it wasn’t.