Behavior Therapy for Tic Disorders: an Evidenced-Based Review and New Directions for Treatment Research

Joseph F. McGuire, Emily J. Ricketts, John Piacentini, Tanya K. Murphy, Eric A. Storch, Adam B. Lewin

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Abstract

Behavior therapy is an evidenced-based intervention with moderate-to-large treatment effects in reducing tic symptom severity among individuals with persistent tic disorders (PTDs) and Tourette’s disorder (TD). This review describes the behavioral treatment model for tics, delineates components of evidence-based behavior therapy for tics, and reviews the empirical support among randomized controlled trials for individuals with PTDs or TD. Additionally, this review discusses several challenges confronting the behavioral management of tics, highlights emerging solutions for these challenges, and outlines new directions for treatment research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-317
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Developmental Disorders Reports
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics
  • Developmental disorders
  • Habit reversal training
  • Persistent tic disorder
  • Tourette’s disorder
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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