"So you think you may have Tourettes..."
February 28, 2010 8:31 PM Subscribe
How does one go about being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (6 answers total)
So in my short 21 years of life, I've experienced enough instances and tics to safely assume that I just may have Tourettes Syndrome (I have personally ruled out OCD, but I guess that is for a professional to decide!).
It doesn't interfere negatively with my life - in fact outside of family and previous boyfriends asking why I repeat certain movements/motions while laying in bed, typing etc, I haven't experienced many other people commenting on it. However it's prevelent enough that I'd like to be able to have an official 'diagnosis' and a bit more information with what is going on.
My question is how does one actually go about being diagnosed/treated etc for Tourettes? Do I just go to my regular GP doctor and they refer me onto a specialist (nuerosurgeon?)? Or do I track down this department in my closest hospital and go from there?
FWIW I don't have private health insurance (I live in Melbourne, Australia and so it isn't a big issue, and from what I can see our health insurance companies don't cover this sort of thing anyway).
Any help is much appreciated!