By Ben Brown
Remember the conversation a little bit ago about doing away with the name "Tourette Syndrome" in favor of something new? If so, you might recall that I collaborated with Dr. Christine Conelea alongside Jaleesa Jenkins and Laura Beljaars on an editorial response to that concept as proposed. I'm happy to announce that it's been published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Here's how it begins:
In their recent paper, “Tic disorders revisited: Introduction to the term ‘tic spectrum disorders,” Müller-Vahl, Sambrani, and Jakubovski propose a new diagnostic term “tic spectrum disorders” to encompass and replace DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnoses of Tourette syndrome (TS), chronic tic disorder (CTD), and provisional tic disorder (PTD). Their argument rests on original and existing data suggesting TS is a severe form of CTD rather than a separate disorder. We recognize the possible benefits of more parsimonious diagnostic categorization and are in favor of making evidence-based changes to improve diagnostic accuracy. However, we wish to raise three critiques that we hope are considered as the future of tic disorder diagnostic terminology is debated.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the full response.