January 17, 2006
Dr. Phil sheds light on a pair of extreme neurological disorders: Tourette syndrome and Asperger’s syndrome. Widely misunderstood, these disorders take a toll not only on the person who has them, but on the person’s family and loved ones. Learn about the symptoms and also some revolutionary treatments that are giving hope to people who suffer from them.
Disorder in the Family
Meet a couple whose son was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 3. See how they have come to deal with their son’s erratic behavior, and why the disorder has driven a wedge between them.
Should They Fear Him?
Alex, 15, talks about his experience with Asperger’s and how it affects his relationships with family members and friends at school.
No Offense Intended
Craig lives with Tourette syndrome and can’t control his physical tics or keep from constantly uttering obscenities — literally hundreds of times a day.
Craig and Amy are engaged and have decided they want to have children. Will their kids go through life with tics like their father? And Dr. Phil shares a method of treating the disorder that Craig has never tried.
“I’ve never once in my life been sorry I was born.”
S. Gregory Hipskind, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Medical Advisor , Brain Matters, Inc.
The HBO documentary I Have Tourette’s but Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me will air on HBO in February and HBO Family in March.