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J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1996 Summer;8(3):311-7.

Non-obscene complex socially inappropriate behavior in Tourette's syndrome.

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Department of Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York 14642, USA.


The authors surveyed 87 adolescent or adult patients with Tourette's syndrome (TS) regarding the presence, characteristics, and functional impact of non-obscene socially inappropriate (SI) behavior. Reported behaviors included insulting others (22%), other SI comments (5%), and SI actions (14%). More often, subjects described having an urge to carry out these behaviors (30%, 26%, 22%, respectively), which they often attempted to suppress. Non-obscene SI behavior was usually directed at a family member or familiar person, at home or in a familiar setting. Social difficulties commonly resulted. Non-obscene SI behavior is a common and potentially disabling feature of TS. It is closely associated with conduct disorder and attention deficit disorder and may represent part of a more general dysfunction of impulse control in TS.

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