I’m an 18 y/o female, and I can remember having tics since kindergarten. The first tic I remember having is hard and repetitive blinking.
I’ve also had a spelling tic (hearing someone talking, and mentally writing or typing the words and trying to keep up), and a really weird tic where I would be riding in a car, and blink with alternating eyes along to the lines in the middle of the road. I would see if a certain pattern was satisfied.
I’ve had a tic that made me very subtly stick my tongue out of my lips over and over until satisfied.
I tap my teeth together in a certain order, and sometimes rub my teeth together from side to side, or just clench my jaw. The jaw ones are especially bad when I’m stressed, which leads to sore jaws, eye twitches, and headaches. I control these sometimes by leaving my tongue between my teeth. That seems to stop it temporarily.
I furrow my brow, and sometimes I wink. I flare my nostrils. I purse my lips.
I press my fingertips to my thumb repetitively and very quickly. I’ve learned to tone that one down by just pressing my fingertips to any surface so it’s not as noticeable.
I’m sure I’ve had others that I can’t think of right now.
All of these are separate tics that come and go in cycles over weeks and years. I had several years of little to no tics until recently (at least it seems so compared to the severity of them now.) I now usually have 2 or 3 of these tics at one time, until they cycle again. I attribute the recent recurrence of my tics to stress from my first year in college, and possibly the stimulants I just went back on for ADHD.
These do have an effect on my social life, but my friends simply ask what the heck I’m doing, I try to explain the best I can to people who’ve never experienced tics, and we move on. These are detrimental to my ability to focus, but I’ve learned to control them a bit. I have not yet brought them up to any health professional.
-silence (maybe? idk)
-me becoming aware of them (someone mentioning it, me suddenly thinking about them (as you can imagine, writing this has been a real doozy)
Solutions (not really, but they help me):
-deep, focused breathing
-distraction (keeping my mind busy: music, something to fiddle with, etc)
-physically preventing the tic (rare, but works for some of them)