Current Psychiatry Reports

, 13:351

Update on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Tic Disorders: A Review of the Current Literature


DOI: 10.1007/s11920-011-0223-1

Cite this article as:
Simpson, H.A., Jung, L. & Murphy, T.K. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2011) 13: 351. doi:10.1007/s11920-011-0223-1


Tic disorders impact quality of life, but when they are co-occurring with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the combined impact takes a toll on psychosocial functioning and adds another layer of complexity to treatment approaches. A review of the current literature supports evidence of a unique relationship between comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and tic disorders, emphasizing the intricate phenotype and impairment associated with these co-occurring conditions. The complexity of these symptoms requires careful diagnosis and appropriate treatment as determined by the level of impairment and can include pharmacotherapy, behavioral interventions, or a combination of therapies. To achieve the greatest benefits in improving quality of life and eliminating further comorbidity, an ideal treatment plan would include a comprehensive evaluation as well as a hierarchical treatment approach involving education of the child, family, and teachers; careful medication management; and cognitive and behavioral training.


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorderADHDTic disordersTourette syndromeTreatmentComorbidity

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather A. Simpson
    • 1
  • Leah Jung
    • 1
  • Tanya K. Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and PediatricsUniversity of South Florida College of Medicine, Rothman Center for Pediatric NeuropsychiatrySt. PetersburgUSA