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  1. Multiple motor and phonic tics present for 12 months. A diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome requires multiple motor and phonic tics to be present for at least a year.7 This time frame helps to distinguish Tourette’s syndrome from transient tic disorders, which often require no treatment, and isolated chronic motor or phonic tics. The many behavioral symptoms and disorders associated with Tourette’s syndrome can hinder accurate and efficient diagnosis of the disorder.

    7. Robertson MM. Tourette syndrome, associated conditions and the complexities of treatment. Brain 2000;123(Pt 3):425-62.

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