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Anonymous said: does dopamine and seratonin have anything to do with tourettes ?

Dopamine and serotonin have everything to do with Tourette’s. Those are the two neurotransmitters out of whack in the basal ganglia (movement center of our brain).

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Anonymous said: For the ask about head hitting tics, you could wear a soft padded helmet, kind of like the helmets they make for people with epilepsy. It would be there to protect your head from possible concusions.

Thank you!

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thefluffiestbunnie said: Had a job interview yesterday... 'nuff said. Sometimes I question if I'm judged based on my tics, first impressions are so difficult.

Yeah, that can be a very tough environment. Not only are you nervous which increases tics already, but then you’re hyper-aware and concerned about whether or not to tell your future employer. Being an adult is hard. :P

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Anonymous said: Im ticking but its not my tics and I don't have control. It make me fall on the floor sometimes its been happening night only several nights now I'm scared what is this what do i do!? I put my hands up and everything shakes and my back arches and it hurts and I can't stop whats wrong with me!

I’m not really sure what you’re saying, so I can’t really help. :/ Are you talking about having tic attacks where you can’t control them for a short period of time? If so, there isn’t really any way to stop them.

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shotgunglitterbomb said: Anybody else have the head hitting tic? Like, getting worked up and having to hit your head against a wall? I've been hoping it would pass for a while now, but to no avail. Sometimes I worry I'll really hurt myself. Any advice?

I know hitting tics are pretty common. The only tip I can think of is to cushion the blow with a pillow or something? Does anyone who has had these types of tics have any advice?

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Anonymous said: Perks of the butt-squeezing tic I've had most of my life: I've got a really nice ass, and don't even have to do squats!

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Anonymous said: I recently started having a tic where I scrunch my stomach really hard, I have stomach problems as it is, so it is very problematic. It hurts whenever now and I'm never able to switch my tics to a different one. I'm not sure what to do honestly.

I’m sorry, that sounds rough. :/ Don’t be afraid to take some Advil if you’re in pain. I know that won’t completely fix it, but it will at the very least help with the aching. If it’s really becoming a serious issue, talk to your doctor about potentially taking some new medication/tweaking meds you’re already on.

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rachael2100 said: Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life. I was pretty much drowning in self-pity. However, by some miracle, I made it through the day. Then this morning I woke up and started feeling sorry for myself again. That was until I remembered some of the advice I have seen you give to others on this page: not to pity ourselves. I decided I would spend the day following your recommendations... It took some constant reminding but overall today was the best day I've had in weeks. Thank you. :)

Aww thank you! I’m really happy that I helped you! Hopefully you can continue to work hard and have tons more awesome days. :D

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scatteredlikelostwords said: I had my first tic yesterday where I shouted out a swear word. I normally just scream AH or make a humming kind of noise. But yesterday I screamed AH FUCK then slapped my thy a few times (I've always done the slapping thing). I was home so I felt a little less insecure. But I'm so nervous it will happen at school or on my internship. I just needed to vent!

That’s rough, I’m sorry. :/ Hopefully it was a one-time thing! I’ve also kind of discovered a method of changing offensive tics— try to use a sound that mimics the strongest one(s) in the curse, so say “rock” instead of “fuck” for example. If you work hard at it (especially at the beginning of a new tic), it can work pretty well!

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Anonymous said: Am I the only one who can't stand the premonitory urge you get before you have to tic? It's such an uncomfortable feeling. It bothers me more than the actual tic.

That’s why I let out my tics so often. :P

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Anonymous said: I have come to the realization that I spend way too much time obsessing over the fact that I have Tourette Syndrome. If I could just learn to not pay so much attention to my tics, maybe they would lessen in frequency and severity. At the very least, I would not notice them as much and so they'd bother me less. Do you agree?

Once you accept that TS is an unchangeable part of your life, it does get easier. When you admit to yourself that it’s simply a part of who you are, like your hair colour or your shoe size, you make an instantaneous change in your attitude, which is arguably the most important part of any change.

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Anonymous said: I'm doing my best not to pity myself but it's so tough! How can you refrain from pitying yourself when everyone else's lives without Tourette Syndrome seems so much easier?

I can’t really give you any tips on that. The most I can say is just to stop it, which obviously isn’t even a little bit helpful. Staying positive is something only you can make work, outside help can’t do anything if you aren’t working towards it in your own way. But think about this: as far as the history of the world’s horrors go, Tourette’s is pretty low on the terribleness spectrum. Everyone else’s lives may seem much easier, but you have no idea what anyone else is going through. Person A may have just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Person B’s mother may have just died, etc…. Pitying yourself is only going to make things harder for yourself.