What's your opinion on Tourette Syndrome?

Ever since I was about 8, I've had a bunch of different tics that have come and gone over the years, and although I don't have an official diagnosis (apparently that would cost money, which I don't have), a lot of doctors have said just based off observations that I most likely do have Tourette's. One thing that has been around since the beginning has been blinking a lot. My current tics are looking to the left, scrunching my face up sometimes, spitting to my left (not like loogies or anything lol just a very small amount), and the most annoying for me, my left hand spasming (to be specific, my left pinky and partially ring finger). My tics are on and off in that for a few hours I won't have any troubles but then for a few hours I'll be going crazy with my tics.

The thing is, people have told me that it's all in my head, and point out that I don't do them when I don't think about it. I'm not sure if this is true though, because I know for a fact I do it subconsciously a lot and won't even notice I'm "spazzing out" until someone points it out. However, there are times I'll suddenly notice I haven't had any tics in a while, and then suddenly they'll start up again. =( Something I've noticed is that when I'm feeling emotional about something, like I'm very happy or very sad or angry, or if I'm concentrating really hard on something, my tics become more apparent. Another thing is that I can refrain myself from doing them, but it's kind of like trying to hold my breath, and I can only do it for so long.

I'm not sure if there are any medications to help with Tourette Syndrome. Do you think TS is an actual disability, or is this all just in my head? If you think it's a psychological thing, do you think there would be a way to train someone to stop their tics?

9 Answers

Relevance
  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    It is real. It is a medical problem with a biochemical cause, and it is treatable although for the most part it is not usually medicated unless it is severely debilitating. It is related to genetic predispositions to brain abnormalities in certain brain regions (including the basal ganglia, frontal lobes, and cortex) and imbalances of the chemical messengers in the brain (such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine). In diagnosis neuroimaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), and electroencephalogram (EEG) scans, or certain blood tests may be used to rule out other conditions that might be confused with Tourette's Syndrome (TS). Although psychological problems do not cause TS, such problems may well result from having to deal with TS. Psychotherapy can help the person with TS better cope with the disorder and deal with the secondary social and emotional problems that sometimes occur.

    The links below may give you some of the answers you are looking for;

    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourette_syndrome

    http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/bra...

    http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/condition_info_det...

    http://tourette13.tripod.com/

    The respondent named "Scott" above is incorrect, neuroscience is indeed a legitimate science and is a well respected branch of medicine.

  • Megan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    It's a brain condition that causes you to make movements and noises that you can't control. Well, I have it and I can say that sometimes it's really hard. But to be honest, if I didn't have tourette syndrome, I wouldn't have met so many nice people and I wouldn't be who I am. Tourette syndrome is a part of me and I wouldn't change it. Really, the toughest thing about having TS is lack of public awareness. People just don't know about it. A lot of people who have heard if it think that it's this bizarre illness that makes you cuss at people.. which obviously isn't true at all!

  • Verity
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Tourette's is a very real neurological condition. Many years ago, I worked with a very nice young man who had a mild form of it. From time to time, he would make strange barking noises,

    which he obviously couldn't control.

    As it happens, though, you don't know if you have Tourette's or some other neurological disorder.

    I would very strongly suggest that you get an evaluation, even at a free health center. You can't

    really deal with the problem until you identify it.

    Good luck!

  • 10 years ago

    Some people are just plain ignorant. Tourettes is very real as a few people have said. The information given my Michael is very good.

    The Basal Ganglia is the area of the brain that controls cognition, movement coordination and voluntary movement, and studies have found that there is decrease in right basal ganglia activity, in people with tourettes, so it is most certainly real.

    As you know, the tics wax and wane in severity and usually worse when stressed or fatigued, and if you have been concentrating on something. Unfortunately it can be costly to be tested, since the doctors will do a number of tests and evaluations, but it might be worth talking your doctor about this, as he or she might be able to refer you onto a specialist who wont cost a lot, if at all.

    Many people do not realize that Tourettes is closely related to ADHD/ADD, and I have a friend and colleague who has ADHD and Tourettes, she like you, blinks and scrunches her face up, and she also has vocal tics, she has learnt to control the tics to a degree, but they become fairly pronounced, when she is very tired or stressed.

    There is medications that can treat/manage the tics etc, but some can cause unwanted side effects, CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, diet and relaxation methods, can beneficial too.

  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 10 years ago

    Tourette syndrome is real. People are effected by it in many different ways. Sounds as if you have a mild form of it. Not everyone grows out of it, but it usually lessens after your teenage years. Some people have a vocal tic - which causes them to swear or bark or make odd sounds. Sounds like you have facial tics and a spitting tic.

    Stress has been shown to increase the symptoms of TS - which is why it often worsens as a teen and improves once you are ut there having the life you want. Biofeedback training has been shown to help people with Tourette syndrome.

  • 10 years ago

    Tourettes is very real, and it is neurological, not psychological. What I always wondered, is why...out of anything else someone can "yell out", does it almost always seem to be obsenities they actually do yell out?

    I saw on the news [quite awhile back] a man had Tourettes so bad, that they did an experimental treatment with the brain, and he went from being totally dibilitated, to a totally functioning person.

    I hope you can get the help you need.=)

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    There are 10 causes for asthmatic attacks. One of them is Physco something. It's all in your head. You talk yourself into it. So what. You still close up can't breathe and need help.

    This probably tied to your stress level and when inactive or focused doesn't happen.

    There was a kid on American Idol that had it but didn't twitch when he was singing. Didn't make it either.

    Still he tried. Take charge.

  • 10 years ago

    I'm not a psychologist, which puts me on equal footing with psychologists, since they are not really scientists. I can train a rat to push buttons as well as they.

    I had thought that Tourette Syndrome was the one that makes people cuss. It's an excuse that students use in EH (another phony disease) classes so that they can say whatever is on their minds. If this were truly a disease, then wouldn't there have to be some biologically intrinsic cuss words? Wouldn't they also be cussing in languages which they haven't learned.

    Forgive me if I've confused Tourette with something else.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    i think its f**king fantastic!! its great for getting out of trouble for swearing and being vulgar.....

    simples.....

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.