Doctors of psychology most often have a PhD or a PsyD, achieved through postgraduate programs that last four or more years after college. These programs include rigorous formal education and several years of mentored, practical training. PhDs also perform substantial research for a doctoral dissertation.
Psychologists are trained to provide specific types of interventions, which can be just as effective as medication in certain individuals. Examples include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is proven effective for OCD, or comprehensive behavioral interventions for tics (CBIT).
The National Institutes of Health is funding a study to determine whether a certain kind of psychological therapy is effective for reducing tics.
For individuals and families affected by TS, the role of the psychologist is sometimes the most important role. Psychologists also have the training to understand family dynamics and assist with issues related to coping with stress and anger management, which are critical to improving quality of life in individuals with TS.
- See a psychologist for help with coping with the TS diagnosis or other stressors, anger management, parenting and discipline issues, and therapy.
- See a psychologist for CBT for OCD or CBIT for tics.
It is important to remember that every individual has different needs, thus the type of treatment and doctor will vary, and more than one type of doctor may be needed. Other types of doctors, such as developmental pediatricians, behavioral neurologists or physiatrists, may also play a role.
- If you or a family member would like to see a doctor familiar with TS outside of the Cincinnati area, you may get additional information here.