difficult child has had tics for many years but usually only slight. Each time he changed medications or had a medication increase he would begin to tic. At the end of a long hard school year he began to have severe shoulder and head tics. We addressed this with his psychiatrist and he chalked it up to stress and some anxiety. School has been out for several weeks and we decided to take difficult child off his medications to see if tics subsided but they have not. He will go without tic for a week or two and then tic for a straight week. It is so hard to watch. husband and I do not make any comments and have not made him aware how severe they are. Some of his friends have made comments and he tells them he has a headache and tries to hold onto the back of his head and neck to stop them. This makes me so sad that he has to deal with this on top of everything else the poor kid has on his plate. I would have thought with all the school pressures being off his back he would have mellowed out some. I realize he has no control and I am really beginning to worry ... He is scheduled 8/3 for his next office visit but I may see if I can speed things up. Anyone have any advice?