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          Extreme Disorders

          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.

          Find out what Rich has been hiding from Karen.

          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.

          “I’ll just feel my whole body shaking at times.”

          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.

          Find out how Craig’s disorder has led to public altercations.

          Amy’s Love

          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.”

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast


          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.

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