For the past couple of years i’ve had a certain urge to stretch my jaw to the point it cracks and it hurts badly. i hate it!!!!

Leave A Comment, Written on February 13th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Since I was younger I’ve always had some sort of vocal tic for example I felt the need to make a noise with my throat but I never knew which one so I would go through all the noises that I could make until I found the one that would satisfy it. For the couple of years or so I have always felt need to do a short hum/ clear my throat. I find that I do it a lot when I think about it. It feels like a uncomfortable sensation which I can’t get off my mind until I make the hum noise/ clear my throat. However if I concentrate once I feel the need to tic I can hold it in and it doesn’t just Pop out by itself like with other people in videos I’ve seen. IS THIS A VOCAL TIC? It’s so irritating other people are starting to notice it as I’m in my final year of uni and stressed it seems to be getting worse!

Just knowing what it is would be nice, even if it is just me being strange. Thanks!

Leave A Comment, Written on February 13th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Every now and again i just feel the need to tense my whole body and hold it—like i will sit there tensing and shaking for a few seconds before relaxing back and continuing whatever i was doing.

I can control it, but when i don’t do it, it feels like there’s a scratch-like feeling that’s compelling me to do it, like if i don’t it will bug me forever.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

At some point every day, my head will snap down so my chin is against my neck and I’ll yell “Top of the morning to yah!”

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

After I tic, I tell myself to “shhh”. Most people think I’m just being funny and don’t know its actually a tic.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I cough a lot for no apparent reason. I open my eyes really wide. When I try to stop ticcing during school, I get really cranky by the end of the day. I don’t like my tics because the coughing hurts my throats and the eye widening hurts my eyes. I am 8 years. When I go to the movies, I feel bad for the people around me because they hear my tic a lot.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I make this incredibly loud (really, really, loud) sound by pressing and pushing my tongue off the roof of my mouth. I do it with such force, that I’ve actually ended up with bruises on my tongue from the suction force that I generate. It drives my mom mad, but my classmates think it’s cool and want to know how I do it.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Sometimes, especially when I’m watching television, I have to shout “sizzle, sizzle, pop, pop!”

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I can start telling a story or be in line waiting to pay for food, and all of a sudden my head only jerks to the right. Always happens out of nowhere!! :/ I feel like it is SUPER visible and then I get anxious and it happens again. So I look like I like shaking my head to myself or something :/

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

My tics started when I was 16. They started as small hand and shoulder gestures. Over the years they progressed into my shoulders and neck as well. Now, my tics have spread into my face, eyes, and mouth. To date, I have no vocal tics, but sometimes I won’t be able to breathe until the tic is done. I then have to take in a quick deep breath. I have started rolling my eyes back for several seconds 3 or 4 times a day, and this has happened while driving. I have been on meds before, but don’t want to be on them again. My wife and daughter (I am now 33) need me to be non-vegetative.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I have had my tics since 1996. My tics are swearing which do not hear and arms twitches which I do bot know. I do feel when I’m around people and they notice me I feel uncomfortable but it doesn’t bother me.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I’ve noticed this starting when i was about 7 or 8 and at first i thought it was because of the medications i was taking. but I’m 23 now and not taking any meds and it still happens. once and a while i will feel like things are too close to my face even if they aren’t and i have this compulsion to scratch or itch the tip of my nose for no good reason. its really annoying when I’m in class and this happens because i feel like people think I’m having a panic attack or something. could it be OCD or a slight facial tic? i have never been diagnosed with tourettes but i think it might be some sort of weird OCD thing.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 9th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Whenever i’m listening to music, like light electronic, i tap with my middle three fingers, even if there’s nothing to tap, i’ll just be moving my fingers around in mid-air, even it’s more hardcore, like dubstep, i’ll be moving at least from my elbow downwards along with the beat.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Unless I am wearing flip flops I need to have my big toe crossed over the toe next to it, and i either need to have my little finger crossed under my ring finger unless i have something between them, when i type i hold my head phone cord between them. :(

Leave A Comment, Written on February 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I have a “slapping” tic were I slap myself. Another one where I say No. Another where I make a noise that sounds like a sneeze. I also used to have a coughing tic.

1 Comment, Written on February 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Whenever I’m just sitting around relaxing at my computer, or anywhere for that matter. My head just randomly jerks. It’s started to happen more frequently as of late and I’m not sure why.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Whenever I’m watching a TV show, or playing a video game, I have to break the silence by doing a very fake chuckle ever 30 seconds or so, or making a very high pitched, very annoying whistling sound with my tongue.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

my son is 9/ almost 10 year old,he started rolling back his eyes and space out for 5 seconds but he could continuing walking and scare me he can get hurt.
doctors want to put him with medication for seisurs.he does it 4 to 5 times a day.He does it more when his nervius.he is very inteligent at school.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Whenever my OCD is bad (or anxiety, since OCD is a form of anxiety) and I think about some of the things that trigger worse anxiety I will start ticcing almost uncontrollably in my back (where I have to twist it side to side) my neck (just usual neck tics – but more severe) and joint popping.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

For a few years, I have had a rapid violent “nod” tic I do every second or every other second.
Along side a quick exhaling, relatively violent that makes me loose sleep and feel hopeless.
Most of the time I sound out oof breath…

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

When I am in class or doing something where I’m not exerting energy, out of nowhere my arms will slam into a straight locked position, usually I cannot keep it in and it doesn’t matter how important the task at hand is. Writing an essay? Arms slam straight. Reading a book, online, talking.. Same thing happens. And if I’ve been in bed for more than an hour without sleeping yet, then my legs will suddenly quickly slam and lock into a straightened position

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I also had the tics of Flexing my stomach as hard as I can.

I still have the tic of counting the words in sentences, and then saying “per” “i” “od” and counting by three’s until I finally hit 10 fingers.

For instance if someone said, “Hey, that was really cool!” I would put up 5 fingers, then say “per” “i” “od”, then I would have 8 fingers, then say “per” “i” “od” again, then have 1 finger up, then say “per” “i” “od”, then have 4 fingers, then “per” “i” “od”, then 7 fingers, then “per” “i” “od”, then I would be completed with that sentence at 10 fingers. But usually I would have to do it over and over again to confirm

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I used to roll my eyes back into my head however now I continually look to the left as far as I can until I feel a tickle in my right eye. I also find myself straightening my leg and clenching my butt muscles until they feel even. Another annoying Tic is closing twist lids.. I always have to untwist and re-tighten until I feel like I have tightened it perfectly. I am 18 and just attended a new college, I know I have been judged by thousands because of my eye habits in the beginning.. I wish they would go away

Leave A Comment, Written on February 2nd, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Husbands rub and play with wife nose and nose jewellery.

Leave A Comment, Written on January 12th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

Sometimes I’ll be sitting in my room and I’ll get excited or happy and I start pinching my face and breathing weirdly and sometimes even rocking back and forth or laughing.

Leave A Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I’m 20 and have had tics ever since I was 6.
I’ve always mimicked facial expressions and noises I hear on TV and sometimes the facial expressions of people I interact with. My most noticeable tic is raising my eyebrows, rolling my eyes in the back of my head while my eyes are closed, and blinking at the same time. I try to do it when I think no one is looking but a few times my friends, coworkers, and boyfriend have confronted me about it. I also tighten my leg, arm, and neck muscles which people can’t notice as much. In the past I’ve had repetitive vocal tics and jerking of the head. I want to stop but sometimes I forget I’m doing it.
My doctors, and many websites I researched, said tics usually go away in adulthood and now I feel like this is something I won’t be able to get rid of.

2 Comments, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I’ve been getting a lot of head jerk tics and my neck is in a lot of pain. My head jerks mostly to the right. There has been plenty of times when I get a sharp pain during the jerks. If I move my head or twist my neck too fast or too much in a short time frame, it hurts a whole lot.

Leave A Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

For the past few months I have been having the urge to always crack my neck or tilt my head to the side all the time. I don’t even realize I’m doing this half the time. It tends to creep out people at school or in public. I don’t know if this is a tic or not. Someone please let me know what this is!!

1 Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

ever since I was first diagnosed with Tourette’s, (8 years old) i’m now 14 and I have always had this one where squeeze my legs… lots of tics have come and gone but this one has always been there. over the years my legs are now very muscular and toned, which might not seem like the worst kind of thing… but it causes muscle soreness quite often.

Leave A Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I am constantly making clicking noises by tapping my tongue against my teeth or humming random notes. I think its because i hate/am scared of silence when i’m around people so i feel the need to fill it by making noises. I also rapidly tap my fingers all the time and shake my feet when sitting down.

Leave A Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

I always have to tap something. On my laptop when I’m not typing, I’m just tapping my fingers below the keyboard. In class, I’m tapping my pencil against my fingers or on a binder. If I’m not being preoccupied with something else, I have to tap.

Leave A Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

i will just randomly be sitting around or doing something and i will feel the need to shake my hands. i also do the same thing with my foot, and sometimes i bounce my leg up and down

Leave A Comment, Written on January 6th, 2015 , Wall of Tics

My squeak is exactly what it sounds like, and it annoys everyone around me, but since almost nobody knows, they just assume I’m trying to be funny or just being weird. And my head jerk is annoying because people tell me to stop, or that I’m spazzing, and ask if I’m okay. And it gives me a headache a lot of times, which sucks.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 17th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I’m 15 and usually when I get excited or nervous, I would scrunch up my nose and shrug my shoulders up and down really fast. Recently even when I’m sitting there I have to do it. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m doing it. I feel like if I don’t do it I’m going to have a breakdown. I almost did once. Someone was doing my hair and holding my shoulders down so I didn’t move them and I freaked out. Anyone else have this problem?

2 Comments, Written on December 16th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I don’t know why but I’m constantly bucking my eyes open. It feels like my eyelids are overlapping the skin and I feel better when I do it. I look weird to others but it helps me.

And then there’s the one where I’m always sniffling. If i don’t do it I feel annoyed or itchy and I really have to do it. It annoys everyone around me but I feel better with the noise it makes.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 16th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Okay I’m 14 and I have this tic where I just randomly started bouncing back and fourth in my seat. I’ll hit the back of the chair repeatedly. it’s really weird.
Then there’s this one where I constantly have to tap my fingers in a certain pattern over and over. I can never really stop.

And I’m double jointed in my thumbs, so I constantly find myself popping them out of place and putting them back all the time. I never feel it and I never know when I’m doing it.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 16th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

This isn’t my tic, but my dad’s. He always rapidly shakes his right foot. He just bounces his entire leg on the pads of his feet. He doesn’t even notice he’s doing it but if we sit at a flimsy-ish table or even just on the couch he shakes the whole floor AND the table. If you play music the tapping/ shaking matches the beat of the music but he says he doesn’t realize it. I think it might be because he used to be a drummer, but it gets really irritating.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 16th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

For a long time I have had random urges to just bend my neck really hard and I will also flex my stomach as hard as I can. There are also many other little things I do. It is almost relaxing and I do them for short periods then stop. Another weird one I do is I will sort of flex my throat and just do that for a while. I do it mainly because it almost feels as though i itch inside my body and this relaxes it. And lastly I enjoy hitting my head on things, mainly my forehead. I have a hard head and when I’m in school mainly, every once in a while I will just start to hit my head against my desk or whatever else is in front of me. Wall/desk/chair/etc. I don’t know why I do these things other than It might have to do with my being diagnosed with a very sever case of ADHD but I learned to control it with age somewhat. I feel like this might be the ADHD still working but I’m not sure.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 5th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Well ever since i could remember (i’m 15 now) i stay away from people for one reason only and that’s because i have the bad urge to murder people so i don’t ever leave my home so i don’t hurt people.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 5th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

So glad I found this place. I have lots of weird urges lately to do these weird things.

My Throat Thing- Its basically Making my throat go out then in, dries my throat out its anoying because I can’t help it.

Also have a head nod
Pig noises with my throat
and many more since I was little. Any one know Why this happens???


Leave A Comment, Written on December 5th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

When I get excited I rub my nose really fast with my index finger and making a flapping motion with my left hand.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 5th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

OK, I’m 17 years old. Since I can remember, I’ve had this thing where if something cooler touches my hands, I will touch it to my palms in the center of my hands. I feel like I have to. It’s the same way with my feet. And I also feel like I have to touch cold things to the space between my upper lip and nose. Could this be ocd? Also, where can I find information on this? I haven’t been able to find anything similar on the internet.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 1st, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Often when somebody is sitting next to me, I will push them, really hard. I made somebody fall over once, I always feel horrible when it happens.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 1st, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I am a 13 year old girl and since a few years ago I can’t help but make this random pig-like squealing noise (multiple times in a row) at the most random times. It sounds like someone is punching a pig and people don’t know why I do it and think I am crazy.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 1st, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I constantly have to twist my head back and forth and blink my eyes and I also raise my eyebrows and just do other little habits. And it’s sooo annoying. I think it’s because I’m allergic to something, I know I am to tomatoes and orange juice because of severe reactions. But I’m too scared to get a blood test.

Leave A Comment, Written on December 1st, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I am 12 years old and I’ve been having this one particular tic ever since I was about 3 years old even. I have to have the back of my hands facing up (with my palms facing down to the ground) and I put my hands still facing that way, under my jaws and then I begin to stretch my mouth open so my jaws push down on my hands and I’ll do it for up to a minute sometimes when I have bad days. I look like a total idiot sometimes when I’m in public :( except for when I’m at school because my whole grade knows about it thankfully. It usually happens frequently whenever I’m stressed or excited or sometimes I’ll just do it out of the blue for no apparent reason..and sometimes I won’t even notice that it’s happening until someone tells me! Actually doing it right now XD

I also have a second tic where I (specifically) have to rub the pinky on my right hand against the ring finger on my right hand and I CAN’T STAND IT it annoys me constantly every day but the weird part is that it doesn’t affect my left hand only my right.

The jaw tic thing is so bad that I’ve had my jaw move out of place several times in the past few years.

1 Comment, Written on November 24th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I can’t stop flicking my eyes around to the sides, looking at anything or anyone for no reason.

Leave A Comment, Written on November 17th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

About a month ago, out of nowhere, I just started twitching my nose. It’s kind of like a forceful flaring of the nostrils. I have to really pay attention to not doing it. It is making my upper lip and nose sore at the end of the day. It’s driving me insane and other people have noticed me doing it.

Leave A Comment, Written on November 17th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I’m 16 but since a few years before to this day I’ve got this terrible twitch which causes me to nod my head every second, this happens whenever I try to work or do chores or whenever I get stressed. It’s become more and more of a problem because it causes headaches and trouble breathing, followed by more stress. I have so many other tics but there’s to many to list.

1 Comment, Written on November 17th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My almost 7 yr old son described feeling thirsty, but not really being thirsty. He asked me if it was a tic. Anyone experience something like this?

Leave A Comment, Written on October 29th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I sometimes need to shake & squeeze my arms and hands for short lengths of time, sometimes it extends to the rest of my body. It makes me panic if I can’t do it. Not sure why, does anyone else have this?

1 Comment, Written on October 29th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I am a 12 year old girl and alongside other thing I find myself chewing the skin on the inside of my cheeks raw and chewing in a shape like a square or circle. I also circle my tongue around my whole mouth no matter how weird it looks to others, it is really annoying but it doesn’t look like a normal tic and I don’t have TS only a miner case of OCD.

Leave A Comment, Written on October 29th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

1.I am constantly tapping or shaking my right foot slightly when lying or sitting down. If I do it with my left foot it is too big and feels unnatural but if I am doing it with my right foot it is small, quick and I can continue it effortlessly for hours.
2.While I am walking I will do something like left foot, right foot, left foot, jump and step on left foot again, right foot, jump and step back onto right foot and repeat, I always make sure I step on both feet equally.
3.When I am stressed I constantly get a strange feeling in my stomach and find myself scratching roughly at the back of my neck, palm or wrist.
4.When at school I never step on the stairs with yellow safety tape or the steps where the banister is and always jump past them, I never step over them always jump.
5. Also, I can never focus on schoolwork unless I have something to fiddle with in my hand.
6. And I always sleep with hairclips, a green ribbon and my necklace under my pillow, or when I am going out to town I wear the green ribbon in my hair and the necklace on otherwise I panic and I always fill my handbag with useless thing like, paddle pop sticks, book darts, string, pebbles.
No one else notices these things except me but are they tics or OCD, or am I just going crazy?
I’m really confused.
And sometimes I will find myself talking to no one.

5 Comments, Written on October 29th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I have a few different tics. The worst of which is constantly needing to blow my nose. I don’t always use a Kleenex, in fact most of the time I do not. Normally nothing comes out. I always have to plug my right nostril and blow out the left. I did a lot of throat grunting and also have to constantly grab my right arm pit when stressed. Anyone else have these?

1 Comment, Written on October 29th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I have a constant, insatiable urge to roll my eyes violently to the side, accompanied with the need to tilt my head to the side until i feel the tension in my neck muscles. Sometimes it’s so bad that i get horrible migraines by the end of the day. I also have the compulsion to stretch my jaw and tense my stomach (almost like i am poking it out and jerking it back in). Concentrating on controlling these tics is exhausting & the urge to do them is extremely increased when i am stressed about something. i have had this issue for as long as i can remember.. i am 25 now. i have never opened up to anyone about them – not even my parents or my husband. i live in worry that someone is going to bring it up. If i feel like someone has noticed me, i make up an irrational excuse like; “my eyes are so dry” or “my jaw hurts”.

it makes me feel less alone reading these posts and knowing that there are people out there that suffer with these tics daily like i do.

Leave A Comment, Written on October 29th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Sometimes I feel the need to pound my fist into my hand (I can contain this at school but when I’m at home I tend to do it a lot more, especially when I’m anxious). Sometimes I randomly twitch around different parts of my body and I’m ALWAYS shaking my foot/leg/one butt cheek (mostly the right one). Sometimes I shake my leg so hard it starts moving my desk/bed and annoying people, but I can’t stop. I have severe anxiety/panic disorder, depression, and MAYBE very mild OCD. I don’t know if these are ticks or not, please help me!
15, F, America

1 Comment, Written on October 6th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I had some other tics when I was younger, (blinking, neck tensing, stomach flexing) but ever since high school (25 now) I have ritualistically popped by thumbs, then wrists, then elbows, then shoulders, and then back to my thumbs/fingers. I can suppress it, but when I’m anxious it is like trying not to sneeze.

Leave A Comment, Written on October 6th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Every time my nose feels like it needs to blow out air constantly.

2 Comments, Written on September 22nd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I am a female in my late 20’s, when I was a teenager a family member of mine beat me up and slammed my head into a post, since that day unto now I experience these weird up and down movement in my head and ears especially when I eat or talk. I experience a weird sensation in my head also that makes my head tremble and my hair shake. It is very embarrassing, my family member n friends would steer at my head n ears whenever I am about to say something or eat, this has been a nightmare for over a decade, whenever I meet a random person in the street to ask for direction or so they usually have a weird reaction to me and they would stare at my head or ears. Because of this situation I do not go out neither socialize. I feel very abnormal and left out all the time. Sometimes I cry over this and sometimes I think about committing suicide. I spoke to two medical doctors and one psychiatrists before and they all ignored me.

Can please help me get over this nightmare, thank you in advance!

1 Comment, Written on September 15th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

when i do it it sounds like a pigeon.
makes people sometimes angry because its annoying
or it makes people laugh..

Leave A Comment, Written on September 10th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Closing of the throat (larynx) followed by quick exhaling of air from lungs.

Leave A Comment, Written on September 2nd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

For a few months,once in a great while I would just suddenly jerk my head to the right like literally till it hit my shoulder,and would feel a shudder/shiver down my back immediately after
Now its every day and sometime multiple times,sometimes even multiple times in a row. Im afraid it will keep increasing in frequency.

2 Comments, Written on August 27th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

This is a question and hoping that that maybe I’ll get answer! My 4 yr old grand daughter seems to be able to cross one eye at will. She also has a few things she does with her hands and as everyone seems to express it’s more so in times of tiredness or when she’s excited. Can a tic involve one eye crossing? Thanks!!

1 Comment, Written on August 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

i have already posted something on here last year about my tics were i flap like a bird and hold my breath. i have 2 more tics i forgotten to mention. 1 is when i flap like a bird i close my eyes and see visions of when my parents had a really big fight ( before they broke up ) but i had a vision that my mum attack my dad. ( he is a body builder) and he punched back and u came out and there was blood everywhere. but that never happened. tic number 2 is i but my right foot down stretch my toes as far as they can go and put my other foot on top and stretch all my toes as far as they can go. can anyone help me?

Leave A Comment, Written on August 8th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I have been needing to squeeze my muscles all over my body including my neck, forearms, tummy and legs .. I have ADHD and OCD .. Does anyone else have this or know why I do it? ( besides obvious reason or if there is a specific reason ?)

5 Comments, Written on August 5th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I can’t stop visualizing violent images and actions in my head that cause me to tic. Bark, jerk my head, sneeze, trip. hit myself.

Leave A Comment, Written on July 31st, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My main vocal tic is one that sounds like I’m hiccuping, which has occurred pretty regularly for the last 3 years, while my main motor tic involves jerking my head to the left repeatedly (it reminds me of this song when I do it XD

Less often, I twitch my nose a lot (my friends call this one the bunny :3), and when I’m sitting down I rock back and forth repeatedly.

1 Comment, Written on July 30th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I have had tics probably since i was 6 years old. They seem to come and go especially in times of stress. At first it started out with me making a noise in my throat. Later it progressed to really hard blinking. That was probably the worst one.

After that, things like twitching my mouth and neck and even repeatedly sucking in my stomach occurred at different periods. Throughout the years many people have said things about it and some still do to this day. It’s hard to stop and I’m still pretty self-conscious about it.

Leave A Comment, Written on July 28th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My daughter aged 11 was dignosed with ocd just under 3 years ago. She became like a different person in a few weeks. She struggled with everything from eating to getting dressed. She has routines for everything even going through doorways and getting up from sofa. In the beginnin g life became almost impossible with her staying up until 2am washing and drying her hands. She would keep on and on drying and be unable to stop, crying, shouting, screaming as she did so. She would pull faces and shout in front of the mirror for hours. We ended up struggling to get her to do anything as she avoided every task that others take for granted. We have had to carry her more recently from one place in the house to another as she doesnt want to do the routines. She is very agressive at times and recently trashed her room. Also swearing, hitting, throwing things and has scratched herself. However now we have been told.she doesnt have classic ocd and sent for an asd assessment. Her tics are.much worse now than they have been at any time over the past 3 years. Also she claps behind her back,thumps her chest and kicks her butt with her heels all one after the other whilst making a noise. Unable to tell if this is a compulsion or a complex tic. Also many vocal tics over past few months, squeeks, bird noises amongst other random sounds and slight head and shoulder tics aswell as extreme facial grimace. They make hervery tired and have headaches. I belive she has tourettes along with ocd or oc behaviors as part of tourettes as everthing i have read about it seems to describe my daughter. I just wish the professionals would listen. They have closed us to all psychology now , though she is on an ssri at the moment and has been for over 2 Years. Does this sound like tourette syndrome to others ?

2 Comments, Written on July 28th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My son has had TS+ since he was about 5, he was fornally diagnoised when he was about 8. He’s gone through all the different types of tics you can think of – eye twitching, mouth movements, neck jerks, abdominal tensing, nose snuffing, swearing, anger tics, blurting out comments in public, writting letters over and over, grunting, clicking buttons or switches, turning door handles, repeating phrases (“I love you Mum” is one that never really went away, we joke about it and turned it into a positive thing), right now he has a tic where he has to move his head a certain way when he sees a certain number – you name it….we’ve seen it. Some tics came and went, some stuck around. There never seems to be any pattern to that. We talk openly about it, he is sometimes embarrassed by it, and to he honest…I’m sometimes embarrasses too, but we ALWAYS talk about it to make sure we both understand that its frustrating but its not bad, its not rude, its not weird, its not a reflection of him as a person, its a medical condition and thats it. Its been a challenge but you know what….we’ve both become more tolerant and positive and empathetic people because of it and I think thats a great thing. Its just him and me, and it hasen’t always been easy because of that, but we have learned to be a good team, and we have learned to talk things out, express how things make us feel, forgive when we make mistakes, and advocate together. He has learned to take care of his own health and to speak about his TS to other people when he has to. He has learned that he has rights and is no longer afraid to ensure that he gets access to those rights. He’s learned that its OK to be seen as differnt, and he no longer tries to be like everyone else, but he strives to be the best “him” that he can be.

My son is 18 now, graduated from highshool, and he’s going off to college, he wants to go into human resources. He ended up with almost straight “A” in highschool and won 2 scholarships. In the past 4 years he has been actively involved with a local charity, and has helped out at an old folks home too. He found his own acceptance by helping others who he saw as less fortunate than himself.

I’m so very proud of him ! He’s turning into a fine young man. He’s going to not only survive TS but he’s going to thrive and he’s going to contribute to the world in a positive way.

To any mothers out there reading this message – its hard to watch your child go through this, but keep talking, keep supporting, keep loving and they will get through it just fine, and they will continue to make you proud of them. :-)

2 Comments, Written on July 11th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

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)

2 Comments, Written on June 25th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I’m 18 years old, F, I have these episodes where something little will just agitate me to the point I need to twist my hands and tense them to the point it hurts. I usually start hyperventilating and I jerk my body around and tense my body like my legs or my torso and I feel like I can’t stop it. I’ve learned to hide it in public or when I’m around most people by going to the bathroom for a few minutes or to just change the subject or leave whatever is happening around me. I punch myself on my legs and pull my hair almost because it makes me feel better but ik it doesn’t and I just want it to stop. My husband has to pick me up and lay me on the bed or the ground if it happens when I’m standing and he usually has to massage me legs or arms or tummy to get me to relax them. I’m worried about medicine for this because I’m type one diabetic and everything seems to effect my diabetes & also don’t like putting anything that isn’t natural into my body such as medication except the insulin I am taking. Any advice is welcomed :(

1 Comment, Written on June 23rd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I can’t stop flexing my abdominal muscles. This goes on all day long. In order to do this, I always force myself to stop breathing for a time period lasting between 1 and 30 seconds. I then do some weird stomach jerk action that sometimes hurts. I don’t know what to do, please help.

3 Comments, Written on June 23rd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I felt the development of this tic when i was riding my bike uphill. After catching my breath, I noticed that suddenly I had developed the urge of very fast and forcefully breathing out. Since then it never stopped :p (i am 22 btw) Other tics I have include neck twitching, coughing, sniffling, twitching of my forehead, something with guiding air through the corners of my mouth (it makes kinda of a watery sound) and opening my mouth wide. My neck is completely tense right now, because of the neck twitching, I’m in need of a massage! xD

1 Comment, Written on June 9th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

i grunt a LOT probably over 300 times a minute, soft like a mmm mmm mmm… it drives my mom nuts. clear my throat or cough whenever i can. also i crack my neck, fingers & toes religiously as often as i possibly can sometimes ive stretched them out so bad that my thumb remains sore for days but of course the pain isn’t enough to stop the tics. also and this is probably as bad or worse than the grunting is i move my jaw really fast and jolty like im trying to pop my ears over and over and over and its usually the same time as the grunting so i look and sound kind of crazy and drive people nuts. seriously don’t even notice it unless someone points it out, its as natural to me as a heartbeat.

Leave A Comment, Written on June 2nd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I will sometimes just be siting there waiting for someone or playing a game and i will randomly twitch and I will feel angry for a little bit, and sometimes I’ll involuntarily punch a table or I will come close to hitting my brother. The weird thing is that it’s getting worse.

Leave A Comment, Written on June 2nd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I’ve have an whole myriad of tics since I incurred a spiral injury when I was six years old. I have phases that I go through. A few days after my accident, I began my first tic: violent head-turning. I would jerk my head around to the left or right and bring it back forward all in one motion. Then it spread to the rest of my body: shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, eyebrows, nose, forehead, even my ears. I have two particularly strange ones that have just surfaced in the past few months, although I can’t fathom why. One is eye-twitching, I cross my eyes every now and then. Just a few days ago I started my first vocal tic, how wonderful. Now I’m making some strange grunting sound in my throat every few minutes. I’ve tried all sorts of fancy acupuncture, chiropractacy, diets, and even went to All Children’s Hospital. No one knows what’s wrong with me, and they used to tell me I’d grow out of them. It’s been twelve years now.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 26th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

When i am excited or anxious I hold my breath and repeatedly tap (fast) with both hands using my fingertips on each side of my nose. I never do it in public so obviously have some kind of control over it, but when I am alone I feel like I have to do it. I feel a sense of relief but its not long before I will probably do it again. 23 f australian.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 20th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I do this a ton with sniffing out, which sounds like I’m sniffing in mucus, when it’s only air. My mom absolutely hates it and is always telling me to go blow my nose when I don’t need to.

I’ll have days where there’ll be random periods ill just keeping grunting, but I feel like i have to get the correct number a rhythm of grunting, till the point where I can t breathe and I’ll do it over again until i get it right. I try hard to hide it because sit only seems to happen when I’m in class and it’s silent for a test or something, so i do it lowly and quietly, but i know people still hear it.

When i was younger my mom yelled at me once to stop rolling my eyes because it looked like i was mentally disabled and a women and apparently once asked her if i was. She told me teachers would think I’m rude. It went away for a while but now its constantly coming and going, days, or weeks. I’ll have the urge to roll my eyes and jerk them to the side.

Some days i wake up and my eyes are in pain if i look anywhere but straight forward because they’re sore from doing it so much. It’s been happening too often at track which is embarrassing and on top of the eye flick, I have to crane my neck to the left as i do it.

I don’t know if not being able to keep your leg/foot still is a tic. Though every time I have a new seat in school i have to separate the desks or else my seat partner’s desk will shake and they’ll get annoyed.

2 Comments, Written on May 15th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My first tic was definitely my rapid speech, I was talking full sentences and asking full questions before I was only 10 months old. The older I got the faster I spoke, and the less anyone could understand me. To me I sound like I speak the normal pace of everyone else, except when I’m excited or worked up then sometimes I talk so fast I can’t even understand what I hear come out of my mouth.
For about the last 15 years I have been concentrating hard to slow down as I talk so I don’t have to repeat myself all the time, when I do this I tend to stutter and trip over my words, but even this doesn’t slow my speech down to the average persons talking speed.

I clicked between words also, which made it even harder to make out what I said, but since I got my tongue pierced almost 10 years ago my tongue can’t suction to the roof of my mouth to make the clicking cause of the jewelry. My tongue does still thrash around in my mouth most of the time though.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I have rapid blinking, I blink pretty much constantly. The longest I can force my eyes to stay open between blinks is only 3 seconds.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I get bad physical tic attacks that last from a few hours up to 3 weeks at a time. I will violently thrash around, my legs, feet, toes, torso/spine, hips, arms, fingers, shoulders, neck, and head will all constantly twitch and convulse. The tics are so severe and violent I cannot walk on my own without slamming into walls or down to the ground. These tics are so rapid and violent my muscles tense up and spasm throughout my body, this is extremely painful, not just during the attack but for the following days after it ends. The attacks usually result in injuries like concussions, pulled\torn\bruised muscles, and sprained/bruised/broken bones.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My hands are usually moving around it’s hard to write, type, use tools, or anything really. My fingers will wiggle around, my hands will clench into fists, repeatedly and rapidly open up spreading my fingers then close to tightly clenched fists, my wrists will flap my hands back and forth, my fingers will cross and clench repeatedly, and many other weird movements. I often have to sit on my hands to keep them from distracting others.

1 Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My head and neck will twitches, it can be a single sudden uncontrollable jerk to the side that ranges from gentle to violently smashing my face into my shoulder, walls, other people, furniture etc. Or I can get attacks of constant twitching lasting for just a few minutes up to 2 weeks.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

im 15 and i rub the side of my nose when im nervous and i have a stuffed tot that i rib against t nose if i dont do it it feels like i cant breath. also i rub my fongers when i am stressed and when i listen to music with headphones in i have to take one out if someone walks by because i need to check in case the music is playing out loud.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My vocal tics are mainly very loud, high pitched squeaks that can sound kind of like a small dog’s yelp. The frequency of this tic ranges from only having one a day to so constantly squeaking I am unable to speak for a few minutes at a time, but have lasted up to three days of non-stop noises even while asleep.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 12th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My mother-in-law has a constant, fast, tongue thrust, not out of her mouth but inside, mouth slightly open I can see it. Has to be a tic.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 7th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

Okay my eyes are REALLY bugging me. I always have to blink hard or feels like it I don’t know. I sometimes need to squint to hide it. I could hear myself blink when I’m alone and it sounds gross. I’m pretty sure a lot of people noticed this about me but just haven’t said anything. I really want this to go away.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 5th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I don’t know if it’s a nervous tic or something. I sometimes blow air out of my nose, just as if I was doing a silent laugh. I do it sometimes and I have issues breathing whenever I do it. It usually stops after 1 day, but I have been doing it for at least 3 days now, what do I do?

Leave A Comment, Written on April 23rd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

My 14 yr old daughter has this high pitch bark squeak! She turns her head when she does it! It is about to drive me nuts! It will come and go! I think I am gonna ego insane! She seems to be able to control it at school functions and sports. She is on Tenex 1mg, it really doesn’t seem to be helping at all at home! Please if you have any suggestions please help!

Leave A Comment, Written on April 17th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

So my tic goes in fits and starts and it is now mid-fit. I lift my eyebrows like I am surprised. But – I’m apparently surprised about 400 times per day. I can’t even feel myself doing it and I am quite unaware of it. I do a TON of public speaking and when I watch a video of myself I am so embarrassed. Anyone have a similar tic and what did you do to stop it?

1 Comment, Written on April 16th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I constantly cross my big toe over my little on, and always need a shoesize bigger than I should be because I constantly need to cross and flick my toes. If I don’t do that I feel like I’m going to explode and want to punch someone in the face.

1 Comment, Written on April 16th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

As far as I can remember, I’ve preformed this ritual/tic that involves my jaw, my fingers/knuckles, and my toes. I grind my jaw from side to side, usually an even amount of times on each side, then crack/stretch my fingers that many times, then finally, I do this weird thing where I sort of cross my big toe over the one next to it as many even times as I did the jaw grinding and the knuckle cracking/finger stretching. Ever since I had my wisdom teeth taken out, the jaw grinding from side to side has become almost unbearable and I am showing signs of TMJ/TMD – which is essentially jaw arthritis, where the joints in your jaw are extremely irritated and inflamed. I CANNOT stop no matter how hard I try. It all starts with my jaw grinding from side to side. If I could stop the thing with my jaw, the thing with my fingers and toes would follow. My back molars grind together now, because my wisdom teeth are gone. My wisdom teeth were impacted, my skink was still raised and I would almost get this relieving digging feeling into my gums when I did the jaw grind. Now it’s just my teeth grinding together. I hate it. I wish I could stop and it’s definitely not a mind over matter situation. Some people don’t realize that it’s not as easy as “just stopping.”

2 Comments, Written on April 11th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I think I’ve had tics since being a teenager but feel like it’s been emerging more frequently recently. I remember being really mad at my mom years ago and I had this urge to bite myself and felt better. That was the one and only time that happened.

As I’ve gotten older, smaller tics have come, and I am able to hide them. No one knows about it. Sometimes I rub my hands together fast (my husband thinks I do it because I’m cold), I drum my fingers, I clap my hands fast, I also shake my hair with my hand as someone else mentioned. Sometimes I also slap my cheek a couple of times really hard and really fast. I hate when I feel the urge to do that because sometimes it actually hurts but I feel relief after I do that.

I think it’s stress related. Maybe now that I’m older and going through “real life” burdens like bills, work etc is why it’s happening more frequently. This week is really stressful at work so I’m doing it a lot this week.

I think my brother has it too—he also continuously coughs or clears his throat even when he is not sick and he also looks over his shoulder or turns his head.

Thinking about going to talk to someone about it because I don’t want it to get worse, I’m embarrassed and don’t want it to get to the point where I do it in public and unable to hide it anymore.

1 Comment, Written on April 11th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I feel the constant need to count words in sentences or just a name or phrase, I clear my throat religiously without being aware of it, I make grunting noises in a rhythm almost as if I need to do it and I cough I have a dry cough that I do every minute.

Leave A Comment, Written on April 11th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I have had Tourettes since I was really little and diagnosed when I was 9. I have this one tic that causes me to close my eyes and roll my eyes while they are closed. I also jerk my head and have full facial twitches, which cause me to close one eye, or have it ripple between the two (1 eye twitches, then the other does) I also grunt and quack and echo words like “turtle” or “bumblebee”.

1 Comment, Written on April 8th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I cannot have anyone touch my ankles, wrists, back of knees or inside elbows. Feels creepy almost painful and makes me queasy. I also have several other tics mentioned.

Leave A Comment, Written on April 8th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I am a 11 year old girl. I always make my eyes go big that my mum calls me bug eyes. I scrinch up my nose and open my mouth if it feels tight. I always make my top lip like a square. I cab’t stop the eyes but. It just happens. My mum won’t take me to the doctor so anything to stop it? It happens when I have to multitask something or I get tired or bored. Please help!

Leave A Comment, Written on April 8th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I’m a 40 year old woman with GAD and I roll my tongue over and over again and thrust my tongue in my mouth until it is sore. I can’t stop, it mainly happens when I am stressed out. I have been doing it since High School. Prior to that I had learned how to sign the alphabet and couldn’t stop signing random words. Sometimes the same phrase over and over.

Leave A Comment, Written on April 8th, 2014 , Wall of Tics

I throw my head back, tighten up, then bounce or jump, I swear, I hit myself and other people/things, I crouch down to the floor, I shake my head really fast, I clap, I make this weird almost laughing noise, I pull up my knee, and a couple more that just aren’t coming to me right now. It sucks.

Leave A Comment, Written on April 3rd, 2014 , Wall of Tics

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