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When is it necessary to seek professional help for a child’s tic?

There certainly are cases that need professional evaluation and treatment. Since a tic could be caused by a medical condition (I know of a case of "shoulder shrugging" that was triggered by an undiagnosed neck injury), always involve your child’s pediatrician in the process. If the tic does not go away over a period of 6-12 months, starts to interfere with school or social life, or is associated with other problems (obsessive/compulsive behavior, attention problems, etc.), get a thorough evaluation that includes medical/neurology, psychology/psychiatry, and educational consults.

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