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Tourette's Syndrome and the common misconceptions

Updated on November 22, 2013

So what actually is Tourette's Syndrome?

In this article I will be explaining common misconceptions of this Neurological condition and a general explanation of the Syndrome. Many people think that Tourette's Syndrome is the 'thing' where people shout obscene and vulgar language. Which isn't for the majority, true.

So what exactly is Tourette's Syndrome?

Tourette's Syndrome, or Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome. Is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder, often with onset in childhood. Which is characterized with multiple motor tics and at least one verbal tic.

I myself have Tourette's Syndrome and have been acustomed to it siince I was 12 years old. Generally it tends to start with a few motor tics here and there through early childhood and starts to manifest into the full blown disorder a few years down the line.

There are as many tics as there are people on this planet, tics can occur from a vast array of different occurences through life and don't generally tend to stay around much more than half a year. It is not know how many different tiics each person with Tourette's can have at any given time, but they often transform and change into different tics over the years.

The common misconceptions of people with Tourette's Syndrome

So why has Tourette's Syndrome been given such a sterotyped name?

So some of the most misguided information people hear about this disorder is that everyone with it swears a lot.

This is as far from the truth as it can be and is not helped at all by the way the media portray it.

The swearing and obscene language/sentences only actualy occurs in less than 17% of people diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and its medical name is 'Coprolalia'.

Yes you have to have vocal tics as well as motor tics to be diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome but vocal tics can vary on so many different factors. They can be characterized by throat clearing, grunting, the use of your lips to make perculiar sounds, screaming, shouting, animal noises, general noises that happen everyday.

Another misconception with Tourette's is that quite a few people think of it as a pyschological disorder. Which as explained above, is not the case. We haven't quite figured out where exactly Tourette's stems from within the brain or an exact method on how to stop it, only that it seems to be inherited.

How can we stop the sterotyping of a disorder people seem to take as a joke?

There's actually quite a few things that can be done to spread the word.

Quite a lot of people, including quite a few media co-orperations mock Tourette's as a joke. But this isn't exactly there fault, as they don't understand the disorder and just assume it is what it is from hearing about it through crowds.

But what exactly can be done to help the promotion of awarness of Tourette's Syndrome?

Well even you can be a part of helping spreading awarness of it!

If you've read this article fully you should now understand a little bit more about the disorder. If somebody you know has the same stereotype as quite a few people do on Tourette's, why not just give them a little bit of insight on it?

A little effort can go a long way!

If you would like more information on Tourette's Syndrome and ways you can help, just follow this link below that will redirect you to the Tourette's Action UK charity. An official charity dedicated to the lives of people with Tourette's Syndrome.

How I have delt with living with Tourette's Syndrome.

A short insight into my daily living with Tourette's

I thought it might help a few people who are reading that might have Tourette's Syndrome if I told you about my years living with the disorder.

I was first diagnosed in secondary school with Tourette's during the end of year 9. This was a hard time for my family and me because we had never heard of such a thing before, my dad always used to tell me off and shout at me for my verbal tics and I always used to feel so bad because I couldn't control them. Been diagnosed helped us a little bit as my dad started to come round to the fact I couldn't help my outbursts and tics. It was at this time I was put on various medication, which yes, helped calm my tics down a lot, but also caused so much drowsyness that I had to be home schooled for the most of years 10 and 11. I was asleep most of those years and found it difficult to study and do work on the medication I was on.

Eventually during my first year of college, I had requested to my doctor to come off the medication that I was on due to the fact it was causing too much drowsyness. Alas my tics came back and quiite a bit worse than before, my coprolalia was quite bad and caused some disruptions during my college days.

Even to the point where I attempted to take my own life because I just couldn't handle the exaustion and constant intensity of my tics. After that incident I was put back on medication, different this time. Which helped simmer the tics down to a point where I was now able to have a bit of peace from them, without the drowsy side-effects of the medication.

Now in present day, I am living with my parents and still on that same medication. My tics can have their good days, but also their very bad days. If you are reading this article and have been newly diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, please don't feel isolated. As there are many support websiites available, some are listed below.

Remember, you are what you aspire to, not even something like Tourette's Syndrome can change that. It may knock it off course, but there's always multiple ways to the goal you want to achieve.

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