Tourette Syndrome and COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources and Information

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted our daily lives in all domains, including socially, medically, educationally, and economically. Children and adults living with tic disorders can be particularly affected by the stigma and symptoms of COVID-19 due to common tics such as coughing or sniffing.  Particularly, during these challenging times, symptoms of Tourette Syndrome or the co-occurring disorders can increase.

With all of the uncertainty of the COVID-19, it is important to have resources and support to get through this trying time. Many national organizations have come together to assist those struggling with this stressful time.

Tourette Association of America Resources

Tourette Association of America

Tourette Resources for COVID-19

Up-to-date COVID-19 resources

Tourette Association of America

Commonly Asked Questions

COVID-19

I have TS Card

Updated “I have TS” card that specifies concerns related to COVID-19. Free to Print

Tourette Association of America

Support For Family

Tourette Association of America

One-on-One Support

Reach out to the national TAA for support during this time.

Tourette Association of America

Free Webinars

The TAA hosts two webinars to help medical professionals and families during the COVID-19. Dealing with TS and Mental Health Amid the Coronoavirus Spread: March 26th, 3pm EST Doing it Right or Doing it Wrong: April 2, 4pm EST

International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Resources

IOCDF

OCD Resources for COVID-19

Up-to-date information regarding OCD and COVID-19

IOCDF

How to talk to kids about COVID-19

Helping children understand and express concerns around COVID-19

UF Health Resources

Michael Okun, MD

TS and Corona Virus: An Expert Weighs In

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COARD at UF

Managing anxiety with COVID-19

Stay up-to-date with resources and education on managing anxiety during this crisis

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Miscellaneous Resources

The Psych Show

Don’t Touch Your Face: 4-step guide

Learn strategies to decrease your tendency to touch your face by using some cognitive behavioral strategies.

Calm.com

Free Mindfulness and Meditation

Usually a subscription service, calm.com has opened up many of their relaxation programs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Free Book

#COVIBOOK

A short books designed to support and reassure children during the COVID-19 crisis.

FREE

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following…

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