4. Tics - The Simple and Complex

The tics exhibited by individuals affected by Tourette's can be broken down into two distinct groupings. These are classified as Simple and Complex and can be attributed to both Motor and Vocal tics. It is difficult to define the difference between these two types of tics. Simple tics seem to be spontaneous and are usually quite rapid. Complex tics require more exaggerated behaviours and seem to have a more  purposeful role. Some common examples of these are:

Echolalia - The repeating of sounds or words of others.

Coprolalia - Obscene, aggressive, or otherwise socially unacceptable words or phrases.

Speech atypicalities - Unusual rhythms, tones, accents, loudness, and very rapid speech.

Rituals - Repeating a phrase.