I feel people with the Tourette Syndrome are really looked over and misunderstood. Tourette is a disorder where a person can have tics through motor actions or verbal communication. Motor tics can be things like eye, head jerking or foot stamping. Then there is verbal tics such as throat clearing, making clicking sounds, repeated sniffing, yelping, or shouting. Our culture mimics Tourette symbolizing it with its rare symptom of the outburst of profanity. There are many other symptoms that occur that might happen in undiagnosed patients who we might think are just having a bad day or going through a tough situation at the moment. This illness could be really misunderstood in children. A teacher might have a student where she think is the ring leader of a misbehaving group and punishes him hoping to start a placebo affect for the other classmates to behave correctly. This idea might work for the other following classmates but yet we still have the leading child acting in a way that causes a disruption to the classroom environment, doing things like shouting or making unnecessary sounds. Some might get Tourette confused with ADHD and OCD and treat it as such, possibly thinking reason for the misbehaving in class is from the child is not be able to focus.
If it is not furthered looked into lots of kids can get misdiagnosed and might prolong the time to getting an actual cause to help the ones it is affecting. I do not think this is something that could be treated as placebo treatment. After reading the abstract of a journal article where they tried this approach, come changes happened but not enough to prove that the placebo was stronger than the biomedical approach.
The connection to belief and healing is the neurological effect through any kind of treatment. The body knows exactly how to run and function on its own. If there is any kind of illness wrong with the body, just a little help and belief that everything will or has gotten better through spiritual beliefs, medical beliefs, or whatever people seek to find healing, it will help the body itself believe that it can solve this problem, as if the neurological thoughts sends messages to the affected area.
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