Tourette Syndrome and Human Behavior
David E. Comings, M.D.
Publication Date: 1990
Tourette syndrome is a common, hereditary behavioral disorder that provides enormous insight into how we and our children behave and misbehave, why some of us can't read, learn, or pay attention, compulsively do things including over eating and abusing drugs, alcohol, spouses and children, are angry, short-tempered, anxious, afraid, depressed, or feel different and all alone. This book is written for both the general reader and the health or education professional as a guide to the exciting world of the genetics and chemistry of behavior.
This 828 page book is packed with information on all aspects of Tourette syndrome, the diagnosis; chapters on ADHD, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, conduct disorder, learning disorders and dyslexia, sexual problems, phobias, anxiety attacks, depression, mood swings, addictive behaviors (alcoholism, drug abuse, compulsive eating with obesity), sleep and other problems; genetics; structure and chemistry of the brain, role of dopamine and serotonin in behavior; detailed chapters on all the medications used and their side effects; psychological treatment and school problems.
"The excitment of Tourette Syndrome and Human Behavior is a result not only of its insights into Tourette syndrome but of their relevance to our understanding human behavior and neuropsychiatric disturbance. The implications for the behavioral sciences and the practice of adult and child psychiatry are profound. This voume is highly recommended for all students of human behavior."
--Jeffrey Sverd, M.D.Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, Sagamore Children's Hosptal,
"This book is remarkable in its scope and most importantly, well written and easily readable. It will be very useful to a wide variety of professionals including physicians, nurses, special educators, psychologists, patients and parents. I highly recommend it to persons interested in learning more about Tourette syndrome and human behavior in general.
-- Larry Burd, Ph.D.Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital,
University of North Dakota
"A masterful production that should be read by every professional engaged in medical practice, psychiatry, nursing or special education....invaluable for patients and their families."
-- Health and Nutrition Review
"Best Healthbook of the Year"
-- North American Book Dealers Exchange
-- J. Lejuene Annuals Genetique
- The Spectrum of Tourette Syndrome
- Gilles de la Tourette
- The Diagnosis
- The Motor Tics
- The Vocal Tics
- The Swearing
- Characteristics of the Tics
- A Very Brief Course in Genetics
- Types of Inheritance
- The Genetics of Tourette Syndrome
- Are Girls Smarter than Boys?
- Linkage and DNA Markers
- What's Wrong with My Son?
- A Controlled Study of Tourette Syndrome
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- The Genetics of Attention Deficit Disorder
- ADHD Children Grown Up
- ADHD in Adults
- ADHD in Tourette Syndrome
- Learning Disorders and Dyslexia
- Obsessions, Compulsions, and Repetitive Actions
- Conduct - A Mother's Story
- The Genetics of Bad Conduct
- Sex and Exhibitionism
- Panic attacks
- Mania and Manic Depressive Disorder
- Schizoid Behaviors
- The Symptoms and Genetics of Schizophrenia
- Borderline Personality - Life on the Edge of Sanity
- Alcoholism - Born to Drink?
- Obesity - Born to Eat?
- Pathological Gambling
- Periodic Behaviors in Tourette Syndrome
- Bedwetting and Soiling - Enuresis and Encopresis
- Sleep Problems
- Excesive Drinking of Fluids - Polydipsia
- ADHD Secondary to a TS Gene
- Physical and Sexual Abuse
- Homozygotes, Selective Bias and Gene Selection
- Miscellaneous Features
- The Positive Features of Tourette Syndrome
- The Anatomy of the Brain
- Communication between Nerves-The Neurotransmitters
- The Limbic System
- Memory and Learning
- The Prefrontal Cortex and Frontal Lobe Syndromes
- Dopamine - The Regulator of Motor Activity
- Dopamine Receptors
- Dopamine and Human Behavior
- Dopamine and Animal Behavior
- Dopamine and the Frontal Lobes
- Dopamine and Tourette Syndrome
- Norepinephrine - The Modulator
- Serotonin - The Great Inhibitor
- Serotonin Receptors
- Serotonin and Human Behavior
- Serotonin and Animal Behavior
- Serotonin and Tourette Syndrome
- Is Tryptophan the Key?
- GABA - Another Great Inhibitor
- Opium, Opiates, and Endorphins
- Autism Again - Causes
- The Dance of the Neurotransmitters
- The Semidominant Inheritance of Tourette Syndrome
- Pleasure and Addiction
- How Common is Tourette Syndrome?
- The Natural History of Tourette Syndrome
- Some Sample Pedigrees
- Chaos and Human Behavior
- Controlled Family Studies
- Why is the Diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome Often Missed?
- Will My Child Have Tourette Syndrome?
- Genetic versus Psychological Causes
- The Cortex and the Subcortex. The Superego and the Id
- Ethical Issues
- The Cloning of Tryptophan Oxygenase
- Closing the Logic Loop
- PART VII - SUMMARY
- PART VIII - GLOSSARY
- PART IX - BIBLIOGRAPHY
- PART X - APPENDIX
- PART XI - INDEX