CBT influences Tourette’s

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can have a significant positive impact on Tourette’s syndrome, both reducing tics and stimulating brain activity, a small Canadian study has found.      

The study included 10 adults with Tourette’s syndrome and another 14 adults matched for age and intelligence with no neurological or psychiatric problems. 

Participants performed a series of experimental tasks designed to stimulate specific regions of the brain. They repeated the tasks six months later after receiving CBT. 

The follow-up showed that not only did the patients with Tourette’s syndrome experience a significant reduction in tics, there was also a quantifiable normalisation in brain activity.

Int J Cogn Ther 2011; 4:34-50