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Inside the mind of a person with Tourette's Syndrome

Updated on May 11, 2015

Tourette's and it's forms

Tourette's Syndrome isn't just about the phsyical side of things.
Infact that's only a brief scratch upon the surface of somebody with Tourette's.

Tourette's Syndrome is split into 3 different severity categories - Pure TS, Full Blown TS and TS Plus.
What one has to understand is that with each label of the condition, comes a wide range of often volatile co-morbs. Be it OCD, OCB, Anxiety, ADHD, Aspergers and so forth.

Now everyone that has Tourette's Syndrome is effected in different ways, it's a spectrum disorder. Much like Autism in the sense that no one person with Tourette's is alike in their symptoms.

What are mental tics?

In Tourette's, people whom suffer from the condition can often get effected in more ways than meet the eye.

Things that people have learn't to control, suchc as obsessive thinking, compulsive thoughts and often manic thoughts, spring to life far more actively in people with Tourette's Syndrome. the whole idea of a 'mental tic' is that of which the sufferer would 'tic' something in their head almost the same as they would physically tic something. i.e. with Coprolalia it's generally what's socially unacceptable for others that gets ticed.

This can also happen in ones head, where they are tormented almost, by uncontrollable thoughts that can manifest into deeper and darker thoughts, almost like a merry-go-round that never stops, turning round and round with no release.

The brain is such a complex entity.

Coming from Experience.

I've lived with Tourette's Syndrome for over 10 years of my life.

I happen to have TS Plus, to which I will share a link explaining in detail each of the 'diagnoses' of Tourette's Syndromne.

Back on point, for me at least. Living day to day with Tourette's is difficult at the best of times, at the worst, It's almost unbearable. The amount of thoughts and compulsions I get in my head every waking minute of the day makes it hard to concentrate on the simplest of tasks.

I find myself having to sleep at times to suppress the mental side of Tourette's to gain some rest bite from it. Sometimes it feels like a parasite eating away at my integrity. Consuming every sane thought I once used to have.

But with such burdens in life you learn in yourself to become a stronger person, where as such things that would depress or upset someone without Tourette's, might not tend to bother someone who has Tourette's, not because of what the situation might be. But because the person with Tourette's has to battle daily extreme forms of depression and anxiety in their head.

I can tell you, the reader. From experience, that I would gladly relieve myself of the mental side of Tourette's and suffer purely with physical tics if I had the option. Because each day is a battle with my head, my thoughts, and sometimes... my head wins.

Thank you for taking your time to read this article.

The whole intention of writing this is to try and broaden people's awareness of other aspects of this Neurological condition to help generate a greater understanding of some of the more extreme symptoms people with Tourette's might have to face on a dialy basis.

As promised, here's a link directing you to the Tourette's Action Symptoms page -


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      Mark Bennicke 2 years ago from England

      Yes if one has both vocal and physical forms of tics for a prolonged period, it's more than likely Tourette's Syndrome. I'd go to a neurologist and see if you can look into it :)

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      My daughter has OCD, Aspergers, and schizo-affective disorder. In high school, she started making a high-pitched, throat clearing sound frequently in the classroom. The special education director suggested she had Tourette's, but it has never been noted in the times she has been in the mental health unit, or undergone medical testing. I have noticed it at home, but passed it off as just a nervous habit. Here, you have noted that it can be a type of Tourette's.