Tourette’s: a guide

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What is Tourette’s Syndrome?

Tourette’s Syndrome is known in the public eye for only one thing: swearing. The image of a person involuntary swearing has been burned into the conciseness due to the media making Tourette’s out to be simpler than it actually is. In this blog, we will be looking at Tourette’s Syndrome, diagnoses and the many, many tics that people with the condition face.

Any person at any age can be diagnosed with Tourette’s and it can be tied into other conditions such as Autism and OCD. If you think you have Tourette’s a very good idea is to keep a logbook of how many times you do the tics per day and what kind of tics they are. It can be very helpful for the doctor to see and to get you the right diagnosis you need.

 

What are Tics?

We now come back to tics. Tics can be very varied and not just the swearing that people think that Tourette’s is known for. People with Tourette’s do not have the same tics for the rest of their lives.

The main physical body tics that are associated with Tourette’s are jumping, twirling, touching objects and jerking either their head or shoulders. In the webinar most answered that they touched objects.

Now onto vocal tics, which are most common. Let’s go back to the beginning of the blog in which we said that the most common thing about Tourette’s Syndrome is that they swear a lot. That is actually not true and it is actually a very rare form of Tourette’s that does that. Most vocal tics include grunting, clicking sounds, whistling, coughing and tongue clicking. It was described in the webinar as like having a little itch that you have to scratch, and so to appease it you have to say those vocals and movements.

 

For more info

For more information about Tourette’s see the NHS guide, Tourette’s Action and the EI website.

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