I Have Tourette's Syndrome

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 95 People

    Undiagnosed Late-start

    I've been having motor tics since I was a kid (I don't remember when they started), and the vocal tics began two months after I turned 18. I didn't know they were tics until when the vocal ones started, and I looked them up. I believe what I googled was something like "My neck...
    chococat159 chococat159
    1 Response Jan 13, 2013

    As a PE teacher with lots of students I was

    able to encounter lots of different people. One memorable event was teaching my first and only student with Tourette's Syndrome as a middle school student of mine. I really try very hard to be the teacher that I always wanted to have as a kid myself and to really care for my...
    blueballsbull blueballsbull
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 21, 2015

    Kind of Like That

     first off i don't have tourette's syndrom but i've had an experience of what it's like and I can say for one it is not pretty thing.  I was in the hospital and they were giving me all sorts of medication and I had a reaction suddenly my whole body was not in my control...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 2, 2009

    My tics began around

    when i was 4 or 5 and ive had them since, honestly theyre at their worst with my newest and worst tics being one where i dig at my wrists and thighs and bite the insides of my cheeks. My usual tics though are Lip licking, head ******* and tongue clicking. I also blink and roll...
    Vixkit Vixkit
    18-21, M
    Oct 19, 2015

    Its really annoying with the stupid spasms

    and twitches, and sometimes i can say bad stuff and it gets me in a lot of trouble :(
    RazorToMySkin RazorToMySkin
    18-21, M
    Sep 17, 2014

    My tics are making me feel suicidal,

    I feel no woman would want me because of them, someone please help me.
    cerberus87 cerberus87
    26-30, M
    7 Responses Jun 3, 2014

    Ts And Life

    Hey guys I am 21 and living with TS, I was 17 when I was told I have it. though out my childhood I have been called lots of names, I was teased about it, not just at school but also at home by my parents. TS is taking control of my life slowly. I have been looking for work for...
    twitchhy twitchhy
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 2, 2011

    Parked On The Side Of A Winding, Icy Road.

    My tourettes has, in the last couple years, reared it's ugly head in a way I had never seen it before. Because I have always been pretty good at suppressing/disguising tics, and because the severity of tics increased relatively recently, most people knew nothing of it. That is...
    jettrecords jettrecords
    2 Responses Sep 14, 2010

    More Than Comfortable In My Own Skin

    In my case, I started to display symptoms at about age 10. I was diagnosed 2 years later. I was in the 6th grade at that point. School life was a living hell. Somehow, by the grace of God, I survived that. I was pumped full of medications... for the tics and also depression...
    SocialTorture SocialTorture
    1 Response Jul 29, 2012

    Any Animal Sounds As Tics?

    Do any of your tics mimic animals? One of mine is a short, semi-quiet velociraptor-like screech, and another is exactly like the sound an small African gray parrot makes.
    chococat159 chococat159
    Jan 13, 2013

    I had it for a few months

    until my chlonidine kicked in, and now the only time I get tics is when I see a spider or when I'm falling asleep. When I went to get an MRI done, they put me under so I wouldn't tic in the MRI, and the anesthesia knocked me out but when it was wearing off and I was in a deep...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 20, 2015

    I Am A Prophet (smirk)

    Once when I was in Vancouver I was having a really bad day (twitch-wise.) I could barely stand still, I was babbling away constantly, flinging my hands in the air, etc. We were walking around the streets when we realized that a homeless guy was following behind us, clapping and...
    Twitcher Twitcher
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Nov 3, 2009

    Picked On

    I had been on at school for many reasons and my funny mannerisims were just one reason whyIn classes I would make noises and twitch and people would copy them and laugh - I remember one particular history lesson where a boy kept on making fun of me and I turned around and told...
    CarmellaDWinter CarmellaDWinter
    18-21, F
    Sep 10, 2012

    I have had tourettes

    for as long as I could remember and I realize after 29 years that I need to try and connect with other people like me. I have not noticed much of a drop in symptoms as I have aged. I have issues with stress and anger that sort of feed the tics like wood to a fire. It has...
    bigdaddyhec86 bigdaddyhec86
    26-30, M
    Nov 25, 2015

    I Have Tourette Syndrome

    It really makes me angry to see people making fun of others that have it. I have had Tourette's for my whole life, and it just makes me feel happy about who I am.
    russell726 russell726
    13-15, M
    2 Responses Nov 25, 2012

    Tourette's From An Early Age - Going On 23 Years Diagnosed.

    I was diagnosed in 8th grade but had been showing signs as early as 1st or 2nd grade when teachers would send notes home that I had been disruptive in class. I'm 35 now and see no sign of my condition ebbing. In fact some days/weeks I feel like it's never been worse. The tics...
    Funqi Funqi
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Mar 22, 2012

    I'd like to talk with people

    that have Tourette Syndrome
    deleted deleted
    Nov 8, 2015

    It Doesnt Have Me

    Tourettes may be a little part of my life, but i dont need to pay attention to it. I love my life and im strong. Just remember everyone is important and should be accepted. I love u guys! <3
    Bananapepper Bananapepper
    18-21, F
    Sep 8, 2012

    It Feels Like Pucking

    well... I do have tourett's syndrome but it used to be very mild, but lately its been getting worse. In Spanish class we were having a very important test and everyone was quiet and then I blurted out "HONK!!!" and everyone looked at me like I was crazy, but that's...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 1, 2009

    Hey!! Thought I'd share my story!

    Well I was diagnosed at 6 and I'm 16! So I've been living with tourettes for 10 solid years and believe me..... I've had my troubles. I used to take medicine to try and "calm my tics down" bit it never worked. In fact one of the medicines I was put on almost killed me..... But I...
    cosullivan26 cosullivan26
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 8, 2014

    My Name Is Chris And I Have Tourettes.

    As a child growing up I knew I was different. I was not sure how but something was different. That is when I found out I have Tourette Syndrome (T.S) and am ADHD with a mild case of OCD. I always saw on TV and Movies that T.S was allot of swearing and has outbursts. I found out...
    running4hissanity running4hissanity
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 29, 2013

    Tourette's Is Taking Over Me

    I was diagnosed with Tourette's at 13, almost 2 years ago. My tics include coughing, humming, grunting, head shaking, blinking, rolling my eyes, nose twitching, mouth twitching, ******* my shoulders, punching my leg, stiffening my arm muscles, bending forward and rolling my wrist...
    amyncis amyncis
    13-15, F
    5 Responses Dec 4, 2011
    deleted deleted
    Nov 10, 2015

    It's Not That Bad

    I was finally diagnosed with TS a few months ago after years of dealing with it. It first started around 3rd grade, when I started twitching a random. Kids started picking on me, they tried to trigger it every waking moment they could. I've been shocked, scared, poked at, some...
    AfetxXavier AfetxXavier
    16-17, F
    1 Response Aug 27, 2012

    I haven't been diagnosed yet

    but i have had tics since i was two and many doctors have stated they believe it is tourrets so here is my story ... so when i was little my step dad moved in with me as he spent more time with me he talked to my om and told her that he had noticed that my eyes twitched allot...
    thatgothgirluknow thatgothgirluknow
    16-17, F
    Sep 21, 2015

    I was 9 when the tourrets started I had neck

    twitches I thawt nothing of it but my neck started to hert so I told my mum she sead its probably just a habit but I started doing it more and then we whent to see a doctor he dieicnosed me with tourrets if heard of it but I really didn't take any notice cuz I was a kid I never...
    18-21, M
    2 Responses May 20, 2014

    I need help I can't find a girl

    that likes me and I mange to suppres. My tics really well and you would only really know if someone told you and well I think the girls I try to get close with always end up finding out and this is why they stop speaking to me I mean I am not the most attractive guy or the...
    Sproketsocet Sproketsocet
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Aug 20, 2014
    mrhollingswortg1992 mrhollingswortg1992
    22-25, M
    Apr 8, 2014

    My Mum Annoys Me

    I have very mild tourettes, so mild it's never been officially diagnosed with tests and exams and stuff. It was just confirmed when my mum mentioned it to my phychiatrist. The type of tics I have are high pitch squeals and pops, beat box type things, announcing things and also I...
    CarmellaDWinter CarmellaDWinter
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 10, 2012

    A Poll For You

    If you could choose one tic to get rid of, but you had to replace it with any one of your choosing, what would you do? Which tic would you get rid of? Which one would you rather have instead? For me, I'd get rid of my "violent shiver" tic and replace it with saying "Uh-oh". I...
    chococat159 chococat159
    1 Response Jan 13, 2013

    So I've never written about this before,

    but I want to put it down here so that maybe my experience with this can help someone else going through something similar. After all that's the real purpose of this site, right? :) I'm 26 years old and I was diagnosed with Tourette's when I was 13 years old, in 7th grade. At...
    intruder2987 intruder2987
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 4, 2014

    Hey all, I would suggest watching "The Road

    Within" on Netflix. I thought it was really good and it has a character with severe Tourette's in it. I thought they did a pretty good job at capturing just how challenging living with Tourette's can be, but its also lighthearted and has some funny parts to it. It was a good...
    zgrubbs zgrubbs
    18-21, F
    Nov 2, 2015


    I've struggled with TS my whole life. I've always been humming, rocking, twitching - it's just who I am now. Thankfully, I believe I've outgrown it, after 20 long years. I haven't really noticed my TS for at least 6 months, but as always, I'm worried...
    sabergirl08 sabergirl08
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jan 1, 2010

    I was diagnosed with Tourette's

    when I was seven years old. It was pretty bad at first, and very noticeable in school and activities, but it began to become more mild all through middle school and high school. I am in my second year of college now, and it is starting to become more severe. For the longest time...
    zgrubbs zgrubbs
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 21, 2015

    Mine Hasn't Been Called Tourette's...Yet...

    I have had facial tics since I was a kid...over 50 years. Yes, I was teased and made fun of, which I hated then, as I hate it now. Mine is at its worst when I am tired, but it never goes completely away. I had only heard of Tourette's, but didn't really know what it is, until I...
    pipermac pipermac
    56-60, M
    Apr 27, 2013

    and I was wondering how else did?

    What are some tics you have and how do you manage them? I have had many tics that involve the face, such as blinking constantly to the point it gives me headaches. I'm always making faces and people ask why am I doing it, or if i'm okay, I often look like i'm angry, or in pain...
    zodiac1888 zodiac1888
    18-21, M
    Mar 20, 2015

    You Never Know

    I periodically have bouts of vocal tics. I shout out fairly complicated sounding nonsense phrases. At least, I assume their nonsense phrases. I wonder if, while I'm shouting supposed gibberish here, there might be some guy in like, Korea or Sri Lanka shouting, "Biscuits! Car...
    Twitcher Twitcher
    31-35, M
    Nov 4, 2009

    Symptoms Of Tourette'S, Triggered By Negative Perspective Or Self-Confidence.

    Don't know how common it is among the EP members, but I find myself occasionally muttering obscenities at myself or others, triggered by thoughts or memories of regrettable things that I've done (or didn't do) or said (or didn't say) throughout my life. It's a habit I'm trying to...
    Gnimwit Gnimwit
    26-30, M
    Apr 19, 2013

    Tics since im five, diagnosed at 7.

    Im now 37 years old and i have been living with tourettes almost my entire life. It has not been easy but i have learned to make the best of it. While my tics have not diminished with age,(like the doctors insisted they would) i have never let them stop me from doing anything...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Jan 6, 2014

    I Have A Milder Form, But It Still Isn't Good

    My tiks involve a quick tensing of the muscles in my right shoulder and my neck, and a twitch to the point where they almost meet. If I don't try to control it, my whole body shivers, and sometimes, falls to the ground. It is at its worse when I get excited, or rather, stimulated...
    drastunir drastunir
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Apr 20, 2011

    Has anyone tried HRT

    for their tics? It's habit reversal therapy, where you substitute your most annoying tic for another less noticeable or less painful one.
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    Sep 30, 2015
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