Cognitive Restructuring About Tics

Flint M. Espil, David C. Houghton

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Tics are often stigmatized by peers, which in some cases can cause affected youth to develop problematic beliefs about themselves and their tics. These negative beliefs can then engender poor self-esteem and avoidance of valued life activities. Clinicians who seek to provide comprehensive care of youth with tics should be attentive to these potential problems and prepared to confront them effectively. This chapter aims to briefly describe the stigma associated with tics and introduce a cognitive-behavioral technique—cognitive restructuring (CR)—that the authors have found useful in addressing maladaptive cognitions related to tics. A series of case examples are also provided to illustrate the use of CR during treatment sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Clinician's Guide to Treatment and Management of Youth with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128119808
ISBN (Print)9780128119815
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Tourette syndrome
  • cognitive restructuring
  • stigma
  • tic disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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