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TS and Bi-polar/schizophrenia

Has anyone been diagnosed with Tourettes and/or Bi-polar disorder and/or schizophrenia. Can there be two conditons at the same time.

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I don't see why you can not have 2 conditions at the same time, TS is a neurological condition, where as Bi-polar and Schizophrenia are Psychiatric conditions.

I don't believe the two are directly related in anyway, but that is not to say you could not have TS and other conditions. I know TS is closely connected to OCD and Autism, but I believe they are all on a similar spectrum.

I am diagnosed with TS and also PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), but they are not connected.



Great thanks for your reply. That is interesting. My partner has Tourettes,OCD and ADHD. He also has post traumatic stress disorder diagnosed after an accident at work.


Thanks thats interesting to hear that these can all be linked. Have you ever come across any medical articles or evidence to support this? Were you told this by your consultant. It is very difficult getting information on such things.


Hello Ann,

As you know TS and OCD/ADHD are quite closely linked, in fact quite common

People with TS ofetn have the other two but people with the other two probably rarely develop TS

Bi-polar is the new name for Manic Depression and although habving severe TS can cause depression I'm not sure it would necessarily be Bi-polar or Schizophrenia

I work in mental health and have seen people with TS plus bi-polar and nobody can say what came first or if the two were linked because the patients had had them for a long time

You can have as many conditions/disorders as you want (or not want I should say) but the funny thing is, is that having worked with disabilities for many years I have never seen or heard of a deaf, dumb or blind person with TS. Nor have I ever seen anybody with, say, Cerebral Palsy or any other physical disabilities with TS

Not a lot of research has been done but from what has been done and from what I have read they cannot find any elderly people in nursing homes or in residential care who have TS. It's [possible that the older you get, the more it receedes

Bit late in the day though eh


Thats interesting. That TS is not usually found in the elderly. Also that deaf, dumb or blind people not found to have TS. I wonder why. TS is a strange condition as it encompasses other conditions and is different in different people but has same base lines. I suppose that is why it is so hard to treat.The more you look into to TS the more it involes.

Thanks. Nomad


Yes it is odd that I have worked with people with TS that also have learning disabilities and mental health issues but never seen anyone with any other physical disability that also has TS

I'm not saying it doesn't exist just that I've never seen or heard of it


Hello friends : )

As some of you may know I do have a physical disability along with TS and it affects my nerves in my arms and legs making the muscles very weak over time. Some say it is similar to Muscular Dystrophy but it is not related at all. Also, it is a neurological condition as well, but not related to TS. It's called CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth). The last time I went to the TS clinic they were very keen to look at my legs and feet as well.


Yes bit late in the day to start worring about it Nomad LoL


I have depression alongside my TS, although my TS is fairlish servere my depression tends to be often more of a problem. My consultant tells me that's it very common for people to have both TS with depresion. I have met a young lad, a long time ago that was considerably visually impaired who had TS. He was I think registered blind, he could make out people's shape just about, he also had learning disabilities.


I get the the symptoms partially due to amphetamine salts as medication for bipolar disorder. I wouldn't be surprised if people living with schizophrenia also struggle from tourettes due to the odd dopamine functioning that often lead to compulsions or mutism. Bipolar men tend to have similar problems with compulsions. Unlike bipolar, schizophrenia is going to see brain damage, which could cause all sorts of problems.

In other words, don't be surprised if people living with one of these disorders (except bipolar women) develops tourrettes like symptoms, or has previously been diagnosed with tourettes.

I'd be curious if anyone has experienced onset of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and then developed tourettes.