The prognosis of patient's with Tourette Syndrome is largely based on the severity of the disorder. Most individuals with Tourette's have mild cases and do not require medical treatment. Some are able to control the disorder to the extent that people may not know they have the condition. The majority of people who have Tourette's have a good prognosis.
Children with Tourette's can suffer socially if their tics are viewed as abnormal. If a child is punished, teased, or experiences other harmful responses to the disorder, it can be damaging. The child may experience anxiety, nervousness, and depression as a result. If a child has disabling tics or tics that otherwise interfere with academic or social functions, psychotherapy can be helpful. A supportive environment for the child with Tourette's at school and at home is also important in managing the disorder.
Children with Tourette's may also benefit by having an outlet to manage their tics. Music, sports, clubs, games, and other activities can help a child find a release for their energy. Activities also help a child to focus on activities other than coping with their disorder.
As children reach adulthood, the symptoms of Tourette's tend to dissipate. A child with severe tics does not correspond to a high rate as an adult. Most adults who were diagnosed with Tourette's have only mild symptoms with minimal impact on their overall functionality. However, studies have shown that about half of adults who had Tourette's as children but considered themselves tic–free still exhibited tics.
Adults with Tourette's have been found to have a higher rate of migraines and sleep disturbance than the general public. In rare cases, the disorder can prevent adults from holding a job and engaging in normal social functions.
Regardless of the severity of the disorder, Tourette's is not degenerative or life threatening. Individuals with Tourette's have been shown to have intelligence and normal life expectancy.