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John's not mad : Tourette syndrome

Author: Valerie Kaye
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1993.
Series: Filmakers Library online.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here is a powerful documentary portrait of John, an adolescent who suffers from a severe case of Tourette Syndrome. This neurological disorder causes him to make involuntary sounds, including a constant stream of profanity. He feels these words and sounds are forced out of him, beyond his ability to exercise control. As we see in the film, daily life is very difficult once he leaves the confines of his home. People  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary
Streaming videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Kaye
OCLC Number: 747796979
Language Note: English.
Target Audience: For College; Adult audiences.
Description: 1 online resource (29 min.)
Series Title: Filmakers Library online.
Responsibility: produced by Valerie Kaye.

Abstract:

Here is a powerful documentary portrait of John, an adolescent who suffers from a severe case of Tourette Syndrome. This neurological disorder causes him to make involuntary sounds, including a constant stream of profanity. He feels these words and sounds are forced out of him, beyond his ability to exercise control. As we see in the film, daily life is very difficult once he leaves the confines of his home. People who pass him in the neighborhood feel that John is verbally insulting them, since they do not understand his illness. Normal adolescent friendships are almost impossible to sustain because of his alienating behavior. Dr. Oliver Sacks, who appears in the film, has spent many years studying this syndrome. He describes its history and treatment and lends insight to John s symptoms. It should be noted that most people with this disorder are not as severely affected as John, who represents the extreme end of the spectrum of Tourette Syndrome.

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