Nonetheless, Mathews told Psychiatric News, "These treatments are somewhat controversial" and the belief that tics are bad habits is definitely negative when it leads to psychological or physical abuse of Tourette patients, as the two anecdotes above illustrate. But perhaps the most negative fallout from the belief that tics are bad habits is that patients do not seek medical treatment that might help them. Mathews explained to Psychiatric News, "There are several different forms of treatment available, most of which are neuroleptics. Haloperidol and pimozide have been used for years, and risperidol is now in common use; the alpha adrenergic agents clonidine and guanfacine are also commonly used. These agents do not work for everyone, but can be very effective for some. For most people they reduce the severity of the tics, but do not eliminate them. Of course, all medications have side effects, which must be balanced with the benefits gained by using them."