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Transient Tic Disorder Symptoms

The essential feature of transient tic disorder is the presence of single or multiple motor tics and/or vocal tics. The tics occur many times a day.

A tic is a sudden, rapid, recurrent, nonrhythmic, stereotyped motor movement or vocalization. The vocal tics include various words or sounds such as clicks, grunts, yelps, barks, sniffs, snorts, and coughs.

Specific Symptoms of Transient Tic Disorder

  • Single or multiple motor and/or vocal tics (i.e., sudden, rapid, recurrent, nonrhythmic, stereotyped motor movements, or vocalizations)
  • The tics occur many times a day, nearly every day for at least 4 weeks, but for no longer than 12 consecutive months.
  • The disturbance causes marked distress or significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • The onset is before age 18 years.
  • The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., stimulants) or a general medical condition (e.g., Huntington’s disease or postviral encephalitis).
  • Criteria have never been met for Tourette’s disorder or chronic motor or vocal tic disorder.

 

Note: This disorder has been replaced in the updated 2013 5th Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) and renamed to “provisional tic disorder”. This entry now exists here for historical/informational purposes. See new criteria for provisional tic disorder.


Steve Bressert, Ph.D.

Steve Bressert, Ph.D. is an author and retired as a professional in clinical practice. He has been writing about psychology and mental health issues since 1998.

APA Reference
Bressert, S. (2019). Transient Tic Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 15, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/disorders/transient-tic-disorder-symptoms/
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