Pediatricians in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia have found that teens can develop certain tics from watching Teen TikTok videos featuring Gilles de la Tourette.

That writes the American newspaper

The Wall Street Journal


The problems came to light at the beginning of the corona pandemic.

Doctors were surprised, because they suddenly received many more reports of young people with tics.

The exact size of the increase is not stated.

The young people appeared to have in common that they watched TikTok videos with other young people with Gilles de la Tourette, a disorder of the nervous system that causes someone to develop tics.

Those videos have become extremely popular on the platform since the start of the pandemic.

Since March 2020, neurologist Donal Gilbert from the United States has received a tenfold increase in the number of applications from young people with such complaints.

Texas Children's Hospital received 60 applications during the same period, while the hospital had two or three applications before the corona pandemic.

Other psychological complaints

Doctors report to

The Wall Street Journal

that many of the teens had other mental health issues before developing the tics.

This would make them more sensitive to adopting certain behaviour, in this case the tics from the movies.

TikTok left to the newspaper

know that the well-being of users of the platform is very important.

The social medium will investigate the consequences of the videos together with experts.

According to several doctors, the tics that the young people have developed are not forever.

The advice to the young people is to stop watching the videos and undergo cognitive behavioral therapy to get rid of the tics.

It is not clear whether the problems also occur in the Netherlands.

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