Tic Disorders Treatments

Treatment for tic disorders varies greatly from patient to patient and from one condition to another. At Northwestern Medicine, neurologists and neurosurgeons use advanced treatment technology. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:

  • Medication
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Supportive therapies
  • Surgery

Tailored Treatment Plans to Reduce Tics
Your tailored treatment plan may include:

  • Management of neurological symptoms
  • Management of psychiatric symptoms
  • Management of cognitive and social issues
  • Education about Tics and Tourette's
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics and Habit Reversal Therapy (CBIT)

What is Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)?
CBIT is a non-drug treatment consisting of highly-structured therapy administered once a week. Studies show that more than half of patients who undergo CBIT will have significant reductions in tic severity and improved ability to function in their day-to-day activities. Although CBIT is not a cure for tic disorders, it can help individuals manage their tics and improve their quality of life.


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