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December 1980

Editorial Comment

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1980;37(12):1347. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780250033003

The editor has asked me to provide background to this report. In 1972, families of patients with TS joined together to form the Tourette Syndrome Association. From a small, self-help organization, the group grew into a national organization that provides information to the public and to physicians and promotes research on TS. Because TS is still clinically unfamiliar to most physicians, patients with many years of typical symptoms often diagnose themselves on the basis of newspaper articles and other public information provided by the Association. Through the Association's newsletter and meetings, professionals, families, and patients remain up to date about treatment, research, and the practical problems that confront a patient with TS and those close to him. Biological, clinical, and genetic research projects have been facilitated by the Association through its local chapters and national organization.

With rare exceptions,1.2 dynamically oriented psychiatrists have not studied how the patient experiences his