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Anonymous asked: For anyone interested and wanting to meet others with Tourettes you can go to Camp Twitch and Shout if you are younger than 17! :-)

You can also be a counselor if you’re over 17! Here's the link to the website.

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Anonymous asked: What are the other symptoms of Tourettes besides tics?

If you follow the definition of TS to the book, tics are the only requirement for a diagnosis (including tics of the mind). However, TS is essentially never alone, and is comorbid with a whole host of other disorders. OCD, ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities are the most frequent, but this doesn’t mean they’re the only ones. Tourette’s Plus (TS+) is a term coined for the range of disorders that are commonly comorbid with Tourette’s. Hope this helped!

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Anonymous asked: How do I tell my boyfriend that I have Tourettes?

"I have Tourette’s."

But really, it should be that simple. Unless he’s completely oblivious, I’m sure he’s noticed and has wondered about it already. You’d just be giving him an answer to a question he has already been asking.

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kipirtleturtle asked: Hello there, I know Tourette's awareness month is coming up soon. Are there shirts and apparel I can get? I know my family wants a shirt too.

This is the best site I’ve found in terms of diversity of products and designs. You can also do a bit of searching around the internet for some more designs, although most of them are offensive, as expected.

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Anonymous asked: asking this on anon is a pussy move, I've been suffering with tics for about 15years now, I'm about to turn 20. motor and vocal, they keep me awake (currently 4:37am) I'm humming to myself practically crying. It pisses my family off but I try to explain that I can't help it, it breaks my heart knowing that it's annoying them and I can't control it. went 2docs last year &now waiting for a neurology appt.. Any words of wisdom for me ? Or something I don't know kinda looking for positive vibes here

It’s not a pussy move, not everyone is comfortable with their personal business being all over the internet. I’m in the exact same boat, 20 years old and having had tics for ~15 years. I know it sucks pretty much all the time, but feeling guilty won’t accomplish anything. You do not have any control over this disorder, and therefore you should not feel negatively about it. If your family makes a big negative thing out of it, (not tryna be offensive buuuuut) they’re not very nice people. Family is supposed to be supportive, not a driving force behind guilt. The best advice I can give is that you can only control your perception, so if you think positively, your life will be more positive. Being down on yourself constantly is only going to make things worse.

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Anonymous asked: Oh My Gosh! I hate substitute teachers! Today I had a sub in my Lit. class and I told him I had Tourettes and a brief explanation, he said that's fine. And today in particular I was having a bad tic day, I don't why. So I was ticcing, and I was having alot of vocal tics, and he said can you please stop. I was like I'm sorry its my Tourettes and he was like OK. After about 10 minutes he said again can you stop. And I tried to explain again and he just cut me off and said that's it get out.

Yeah, subs have always been a problem. :/ You can always get your principal involved if he really treats you rudely. He has no right to kick you out of class for something you cannot control.

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Anonymous asked: I feel so embarrased ticcing at school! Everyone keeps staring and mocking me! Which then makes me tic more!

Fuck ‘em. Why should you care if people stare at you? You can’t help what you’re doing so you have no reason to feel guilty.

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cemondesolitaire asked: For the person who is having trouble sleeping because of tics, I would really recommend using a weighted blanket. I use mine all the time and it really helps calm my tics down and even just calm my mind down. You could also try biofeedback methods (deep breathing, meditation, etc..), those have really helped me. I've had a lot of trouble with sleeping, so sometimes if it gets too bad, I just have to take sleeping medication if all else fails, but I know not everyone is comfortable with that.

Thank you for the suggestions! :D

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thesuperhobbit asked: My best friend (actually, she's more like a sister) has TS. Is there anything I can do to help during ticcing fits? Or with tics in general? (I know I can't stop them & that if she suppresses them, it just leads to a tic symphony later; I mean like are there any specific ways to show emotional/moral support?

I think it’s awesome that you care enough to make this effort! The best thing you can do is be as supportive as possible, i.e. never mock her tics (even if you may think it’s harmless), help her with coping mechanisms such as talking her down from an anxious episode or bringing her her favourite food when she’s upset, stand up for her when other people are being assholes, and make her feel like she can tic around you without you even batting an eyelash (this especially includes vocal tics). During a tic fit, you can do things like talking her through it, getting her away from dangerous things, bringing her water/food afterwards, etc… And look through this blog a bit! There have been other posts referencing this kind of thing. :]

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any tips on coping with anxiety?

Everyone’s anxiety is different, so I can’t really give too much help. There are the obvious things like meditation, medication, hobbies, etc… but everyone has their own thing. You can try googling different methods to see what works for you!

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Anonymous asked: I can't sleep because I can't stop ticcing!

Yeah tics do often get in the way of sleeping. :/ Have you tried calming techniques before bed? e.g. drinking tea, meditation, watching a funny movie, etc… These can help calm your tics so they won’t interfere as much. :]

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Anonymous asked: I like my tourettes. It's made me the person I am today. If it wasn't for TS I wouldn't have been able to meet Brad Cohen or James Durbin. I also wouldn't have all of my friends all over the country that I have met at camp and at TS confrences.

The TS community is incredibly supportive and full of awesome people. :] It’s definitely a great positive in the midst of all the negativity surrounding TS.

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Anonymous asked: Can you please post more memes?

I can only post as many memes as I have ideas for! Strangely enough, I have a life outside of this blog. :P You guys are all welcome to submit ideas as well!

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Anonymous asked: I absolutely LOVE your blog! It's helped me so much, I can definetly relate to alot of the things you have posted. You are awesome!

Aww haha thank you! I’m glad I can help. :]

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It’s an important moment in everyone person with TS’s life when you switch from making excuses to saying, “Oh, that was a tic.”