Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (TS) at the age of nineteen, however, like many other individuals who receive a late diagnosis, he knew something was not quite right by the age of a seven. If you also have Tourette syndrome, as you read, Nix Your Tics! Eliminate Unwanted Tic Symptoms: A How-To Guide For Young People by Dr. Duncan McKinlay you are motivated to follow his steps to get rid of bothersome tics one at a time. This is the self-help book parents and youth coping with Tourette syndrome must have.
Please note: in May 2015 the Second (E-)dition: Re-edited and revised with new content of Nix Your Tics! Eliminate Unwanted Tic Symptoms: A How-To Guide for Young People by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. came out. Read our review of the Second (E-)dition of Nix Your Tics also.
From the first line in this how-to book, “Hey Got Tics? Me too. Welcome to the club.”, the reader really feels like a welcomed club member. The club by Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., created is the Leaky Brakes Club. Leaky brakes is how he explains tics and the other symptoms that often go along with tics.
Dr. McKinlay, the psychologist with Tourette himself, is the perfect mentor for all these families looking for guidance about all things Tourette! He describes the purpose of his book as a book to help young people learn to stop bothersome tics and twitches (such as those found in Tourette Syndrome) and other nervous habits. His book shares management techniques, teaches behavioral treatments (habit reversal training, CBIT), fosters a positive attitude, and provides hope.
What Are Tourette Syndrome Tics?
From Dr. McKinlay’s web site we can read his explanation about the behavioral treatments he wrote about, “Thinking of tics in Tourette Syndrome as “involuntary” is sometimes confusing since it is known that most people with Tourette can develop some degree of control over their symptoms using behavioural treatments like habit reversal training or the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). People with Tourette Syndrome vary in their capacity to suppress (from seconds to hours at a time), and may seek a secluded spot to release their symptoms after delaying them in school or at work. Typically, tics increase as a result of tension or stress, and decrease with relaxation or concentration on an absorbing task. Tics can be managed with medication and/or with the aforementioned alternative behavioural treatments – habit reversal training or CBIT. CBIT combines habit reversal training with psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, social support, and functional interventions to provide an alternative treatment for tics that has been found to be as effective as pharmacotherapy.”
*On Dr. Dunc’s Canadian based web site, Life’s A Twitch, we see that Tourette syndrome is also called Tourette’s Syndrome or Tourette’s Disorder and it is a disorder (not an illness) influenced by neurological, psychological, and sociological factors. Dr. McKinlay is committed to improving the lives of individuals with Tic Disorders and other disorders and conditions that may be comorbid with Tourette syndrome like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) or “rage”, Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), Learning Disabilities, depression and anxiety.
Features I Like About Nix Your Tics!
- Review of Second (E-)dition Nix Your Tics! Eliminate Unwanted Tic Symptoms by B. Duncan McKinlay, PhD, C.Psych
- Tourette Syndrome and School: Your Child, His Tics and How To Tell his Classmates post by Lorna d’Entremont