"Adults who have Tourette's disorder drink or have problems with substance abuse."
Like many adults, people who have Tourette's disorder may drink or use drugs. But this type of behavior is not a cause or a direct effect of the condition.
"People who have Tourette's disorder can control their tics if they really want to."
Some people who have Tourette's disorder are able to control their tics for short periods of time, but eventually they need to allow the tics to occur. With treatment, people who have TD can learn the warning signs of tics and take steps to prevent them.
"People who have Tourette's disorder live restricted lives."
Most people who have Tourette's disorder live normal lives.
"Intelligence is affected in people who have Tourette's disorder."
Tourette's disorder does not lower a person's intelligence.
Medical Review:John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics