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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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!
Closing of the throat (larynx) followed by quick exhaling of air from lungs.
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.
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!!
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?
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Aha3JjELY)
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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.”
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
I don’t recall ever having any kind of nervous habit before now but in the last few days I’ve started stroking the top of my head. Just one stroke, with the flat of my hand from my forehead going to the back of my head. A bit like I’m stroking my hair off my forehead like I do when its wet. I wear my hair tied back so there’s no loose hair that needs to be swept off my face at all. I just started doing this in the last few days and I’m doing it more and more. I get up from my chair, stroke the top of my head, switch on the kettle, stroke the top of my head, can’t find my keys, stroke the top of my head, say hello to my neighbour, stroke the top of my head etc etc. I don’t think I do it without there being some sort of small incident beforehand. I do something insignificant like put on my glasses or put down my cup and then stroke my head, I don’t find myself doing it if I’m just sitting there watching TV or reading the newspaper. Its worrying me now, I’m 54 and although I know I do it I can’t stop it. Its such a small action that I’ve done it before I realise I’m about to do it.
Let’s see. I am a 30 year old woman and have been experiencing tics since I was probably about 9. Currently, I forcefully jerk my shoulders down, flap my arms, do this twisting/hitting motion with my hands closed (as if holding drumsticks). I have a couple soft vocal tics, not really sure how to explain them. One is like stopping and starting my breathing forcefully, basically a glottal stop. The other is similar but more noise. I also tense up and twitch my torso/stomach, rub together my fingers, tap my hands/arms against things. I also have a certain pattern in which I have to do some of my tics. If I don’t do the pattern “correctly” then I must repeat it until the feeling is satisfied. Anyone with tics and OCD should understand that really well. I also jerk my shoulder blades, scrunch up my nose, blink my eyes, and do other weird facial movements. I do this somewhat forceful nod thing and sometimes jerk my head in other ways. I have a few more, but I’m going to leave it at that as they are harder to explain. I have a lot, basically.
I can usually hide it around people. I’ve gotten really good at it. The worst for me is my facial tics. Those are the hardest to hold in. Usually though I just find ways to integrate my tics into some other movement that looks natural. If I can’t make it look natural, and I have to tic, I’ll turn away/walk away/etc so that no one sees me.
I’ve only ever told one person. I really want to tell others, but I just don’t know how. I’m not sure why I fear telling anyone, but I am working on building up that courage. When the tics first appeared my mom would get mad at me for making strange movements. She would yell at me and tell me to stop, and I think that’s what caused me to start hiding them. My sister has them, as well. I somewhat suspect my nephew may have it, but I can’t say for sure. I’m keeping an eye out for my kids, as well.
Anyway, thanks for reading! Lovely to finally share this with someone, even if it IS anonymous!
I rub my nose. It feels good but hurts at the same time. I do it a lot. I really want to stop. I remember it happen two years ago. I thought it might be linked to my allergies but I don’t know anymore. I know my nose becomes red and puff. I can feel the cartilage when I’m rubbing. So is that what it is a tic?
Please help!! Not sure if this is something to get help with or have a doctor diagnose. My 11 year old son has a habit of touching his thumb to the rest of his fingers over and over again (he does this with both hands at the same time) and he said that he counts to ten in his head. He has made the comment to me that he wishes he could stop counting to ten. I’m not sure if this is something he does voluntarily or if it happens and he has no control over it. I have been watching and observing to see if there are certain things that trigger it. He does do it when he is in a stressful situation but he will also do it when he is sitting and watching tv. Is it a tic, is he stimming or is it just a nervous habit?
My 10 year old son has been “exploding” for years. He kind of zones out, walks in circles, holds his hands in front of his body and moves them around like you would describe an “explosion.” Only – faster, and with sound effects, and for as long as I would let him. Sometimes it’s fine to go on and on. I usually don’t interrupt him unless there is a situation like crossing a street – I tell him he has to keep his head up. Or maybe it’s time to come eat dinner – it takes a couple of calls to get him there, and it’s hard to keep him from doing it at the table.
He used to *not* do it at school. I asked his teacher about 6 months ago if he was. He said that there was none of that going on in the classroom. I was relieved to hear that, and thought that maybe it was really just a “kid” thing. His teacher let us know that he now was seeing the behavior in the classroom. It’s in busier times of the day, not every day, but he will just wander off into a corner while the rest of the class is working in groups or something (not while the teacher has everyone quiet) and do his thing. His teacher has just observed and asked if we wanted to have the school psychologist come in and do an observation.
He also does this thing that actually does drive me nuts. He has to forcefully push the air out of his nose – almost as hard as if he was blowing it for real. He will do this for minutes and minutes and minutes until the rest of the family tells him to GO BLOW YOUR NOSE! But most of the time, there’s nothing there and he just gets mad for having to stop what he’s doing and go blow. He tells me that it’s “really uncomfortable” to not do it. I’ve tried to understand what that means – but now, maybe it’s a tic? Not an unconscious habit, but something that if he does not do make him “really uncomfortable.”
He’s in 4th grade. He was tested in the 2nd grade and we moved him to a school for the highly gifted. Turned out, many of the highly gifted actually suck, and the education wasn’t exactly stellar either, so we brought him back to the school he had been attending K-2nd. His teacher is amazing. He’s got friends. So far these “tics” haven’t seemed to cause him any social problems.
So, how does one develop tics? From reading, it seems that stress/anxiety seems to exacerbate many people’s tics. Do you have relaxation techniques that you use to sort of – please don’t misinterpret what I am about to say – control feeling “really uncomfortable”? I truly understand that these are real and not habits that you can just *stop*. But, have you learned if you have triggers that seem to get you into a pattern. Like, if you have testing or evaluations at work, does that make you anxious and therefore cause you to need to satisfy feelings that under other circumstances you might not have to do so? Does that make sense?
Any suggestions, help, thoughts (kind thoughts please), would be greatly appreciated. If there are things that we could be doing now that would offer him more control and confidence in the coming years, that would be amazing.
I am 33 years old and since I can remember myself I get tics when I emotionally stimulated. Usually an elated joy or excitement or anger. It happens when I feel the anger or joy very deeply (especially in my thoughts) and hyperfocus or obsess about it a second. Energy gets built up in my entire body, and I have to let that energy out involuntarily through taking my hands behind my head and strumming all my fingers on my hair, shaking my hair with my hands, or shaking my cheeks with my hands. My wife says I usually stiffen up my face and stick my tongue out at the same time. I have learned to hide it often by controlling how often I get emotionally stimulated or worked up about something. I am a tour guide as well as a minister, so I hide it when I preach or give tours. When I was younger I couldn’t control when it happened as much. Sometimes I put my hands in my pocket and strum them there when I start to feel excited especially when in public- I do that subconsiously now without even knowing it when I am in public. Sometimes I don’t think anyone is looking so I do it, and someone “catches” me and asks me what I am doing, which I reply, “I have an itch in my hair and am scratching my head.” I just feel all the time like my body has an overabundance of energy (even when I am supertired) and when I get emotionally stimulated its like a boiling over point where a tic needs to be expressed.
I have a problem with tightening all my body parts. Like cracking my neck, hands, feet, toes, shoulders, my side’s and stomach. I consistently wiggle my nose and close one eye and then the other. I’m worried it’s doing damage especially my neck. What is causing this and can I stop?
My 37 year old fiancé has TS. We’ve been together for 4 years. His tics includes constant coughing and throat clearing. He also often times jerks his head from side-to-side cracking it. It looks painful to me. He does have a tic that causes him pain and he has missed work because of it and that’s when he clenches his entire upper body and jerks it. This causes him to have muscle spasms in his flank muscles that I sometimes have to work the knots out. I feel for him because when he’s awake he can never be in a complete state of relaxation. We have gone for massages together and we both find it surprising how for that whole hour during, he doesn’t have one tic or one jerk. This tells me there could potentially be a drug that could suppress his tics. He’s never tried any. When I talked to my doctor about him they told me the negative side effects to the medication out way the tics themselves. What do you think?
We met through E-Harmony and he never mentioned he had TS. On our first date I also asked him if he had a cold as others have mentioned, and he said he’s had “this cough”. Knowing now, he was probably insecure about bringing up his tics at the time (awful feeling…). When he met my family, my mom asked the same, “Do you have a cold?” After doing some research I told him that I think he has TS. He admitted to me that a doctor diagnosed him with TS when he was about 8 years old. He seemed surprised when I brought it up as if he didn’t know for sure what was causing him these tics. Maybe again due to insecurities. I didn’t care, if anything I loved him more for it! Twice when I myself was at medical appointments and he was with me, both doctors asked him if he had a cold. I finally said “He has TS”, and told him, “Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to say it!” He still doesn’t tell people. I guess he’s spent his lifetime trying to hide it.
He does make me jump a lot because they’re unexpected and startles me. He has made the 2 cats we have jump sometimes too! We laugh at it and he usually apologizes and the cats do come back! Glad I came across this wall to see that he’s not alone. I’d love to learn more about medications pros and cons due to the pain that he often times feels. Thanks!
I am a 23 year old female who has Mild Intellectual Disability and ADD along with mild OCD. I have been blinking my eyes, jerking my head, cracking my knuckles, breathing heavy, and whistling along with many more. I have no clue why, I have been doing some of these movements for awhile and some are old and new. My parents just call me there special child my siblings laugh and I wonder why me. My parents overlook what I do and pay no real attention to it until they become annoyed with me and my HABITS as they like to put it. I often am told to just grow up and stop the nonsense. Too embarrassed to tell them I can’t stop and that when I hold it in it makes me angry and uncomfortable when I do that I feel like I am fighting a losing war with my body and mind. I am thinking of going to the doctors and seeing what he says. Feeling really scared because this big secret that I tried to hide and play off through bad behaviour my whole life might just get exposed. I want to stop ticcing but I just don’t know how to. I hate the way i feel when I cant yell or release the tension that is so built up inside my body. I hate when I hold it in and explode like an erupting volcano the soreness that I feel and the tiredness that happens. I need help but am so full of fear because I don’t want to have another label attached to my name.
i had a violent mother….and kids in school didn’t like me as well because of my nationality….i was teased at home by my mother and by kids in school….and i was such a good little girl…but unlucky when it comes to enviorement i grew in…So..when i was 6 i started to bite my nails, i still do, i blinked with my eyes….and i have had this terrible sensation in my head…..sometimes, especially in public, i feel like my forehead is moving up and down…and actually feel pressure in my head than….it is terrible, it hurts….What can i do ? Doctor says that my health is normal…So, this is all in my imagination…this fear that my forehead moves and that everybody will see it and make fun of me..The point is i never felt truly loved and accepted as a child….Excuse my english spelling, i am not english……firstname.lastname@example.org
So I’m 15 and I have been doing this for as long as I can remember. I always thought that everyone did it so I never told anyone until now when it started getting worse.
When I hear certain words or phrases they get stuck in my head. I would be in class and hear my teacher say something and it would get stuck in my head. They would be random words that don’t mean anything. I would say that word or phrase in my head about a million times and I wouldn’t recognize that I am doing it. Not only do I repeat it in my head, I spell the word or phrase a thousand times. I wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else but that word or phrase.
I always knew I had slight OCD and slight ADD because certain things have to be perfect and my food can’t touch, otherwise I won’t want to eat it. I also get really distracted and can’t focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time.
Can you tell me if this is a tic? or am I just going crazy?
I have been with my fiancée for over two years now, I even knew him in high school when I believe his tics were at their worst. It ranges from neck twisting or self adjusting due to his neck injury, arm jerking, & stomach tightening. Sometimes his eyes are effected; twitching in one eye or almost like his lid sticks and it flutters? Some of his worst ones are his gasping for air making a choking sound or when he clicks/snaps his front teeth together. I know those really effect him gives him headaches or makes him really bloated :-/
I really feel helpless when the tics are bad and I know he just wants to stop. I am going to try pure CBD non psychoactive in an edible form.. Maybe this could relieve the urges? ANYONE HAVE SOME TRICKS TO RELIEVING THEIR URGE?? Stay positive and be yourself.. You are not alone <3
I don’t know if this is a tic but I always have the urge to crack my neck but it doesn’t crack, mostly bc I just bend my neck to the side over and over again until I can get myself to stop, when I’m able to stop then it goes to something else like my wrists or my index finger or my ankles, I always have to be “cracking” something although it usually doesn’t crack, it makes my neck and wrists extremely sore and probably looks weird. another “tic” that I’ve acquired lately was that if I’m not cracking my neck I’m pushing my stomach in and out enough so it makes a sound being the liquids inside moving around. I know both tics are extremely bad for me and the stomach one often makes me wanna throw up but I seriously can’t stop.
I’m 13 and I don’t know if I have a specific condition but I’ve been getting small facial/vocal tics since first grade. When I was in first/second grade my mom had cancer and I was having an extremely hard time in school; I developed a squeaking tic, a blinking tic, a face stretching tic, and a sort of hand grabbing tic. In third grade I switched schools and my life got pretty much back to normal and in fourth and fifth grade I barely ticced at all. In the past couple of years they’ve been coming back and right now they’re pretty noticeable again. Right now I have blinking, breath hitching, nose scrunching, eye rolling, and teeth clicking. But none of them have ever gotten super severe, so I’ve never seen anyone about them or gotten any sort of diagnosis.
I have been on antidepressants and was told some of the side effects can be tics. My index finger will bend and point often for no reason. Gets worse when I am nervous. But my 5 year old son randomly opens his mouth wide like he is trying to yawn but not actually yawning. He does this often.
I don’t know if this is a tic but at least 10 times a day I have this urge to clench the right side of my mouth so I sort of do this half smile thing and then I make a clicking noise but I have no control over it and I can’t stop it. Also, maybe once a week I get this thing where I can’t take a full deep breath so I have to keep yawning but I still can’t breath properly and it usually happens for a couple of hours. Is this really a tic or am I just being a hypochondriac?
Go ahead no one is looking, they won’t judge me. I was in the 82nd airborne, freakin airborne infantryman.
My eyes feel dry so I squeeze them shut for a few seconds.
The skinn around my mouth feels tight so I open my mouth briefly, as to stretch the skinn on my face.
I’m 36 and have had a tic of some form or another, for as long as I can remember. The two that will not go away for more than a week are, squeezing my eyes closed and opening my mouth (not at the sametime).
What people say and do to me.
Stop doing that .
Just try to stop.
And the best is when someone simulates the tic infront of you, saying “look this is what it looks like”.
(My ex wife followed me around the house a few times with a video recorder trying to show me what I looked like)
Really like I need to see it simulated, that’s all it takes, after all these years all I need is for someone to remind me of what it looks like, and then I can quit.
Well some how along the way I managed to get enough of an education to secure a place in middleclass America, start a family, have kids and get a divorce. I have taken the pills, NO THANKS, you can have the pills, I want to be me, I don’t want to trick my brain with the social pills. So somehow I found myself in a job that required interacting with a lot of people, this makes my tic even harder to control. Making the turn onto the airplane to find a seet is torture, I instantly assume everyone is looking at me.
I still think I should be able to control it, and can’t escape the Idea that it is my lack of willpower, focus and control of my actions.
/return to top to inforce self confidence.
Hi y’all! I am 18 and have had tics for nearly 3 years now.
I developed my first tic my freshman year of high school. I was just a little shiver and not at all noticeable—except to those who knew me and my habits well. This eventually developed into throwing my head completely backwards, then I gasped a the same time. By March of my junior year, I yelled out “MEH” at very inconvenient times. A month later, I made trumpet-esque calls.
I found, that if I occupy my hands during classes (I crochet granny squares whenever my tics get out of control) and keep a good sense of humor that they are all right. I started laughing at my tics along with everyone else. I refuse to go on antipsychotic drugs. They are a part of my life that isn’t about to go away anytime soon, so I treat my tics as precisely what they are. (Not that they don’t upset me at times, but I’ve learned to not treat them as a curse)
I have been fortunate. My family and friends are supportive, and my school has been fairly accommodating. For major tests (exams, APs, SATs, ACTs) I test separately. (You do need to get approval from the companies for that, which is an inconvenience, but possible.
The important thing to remember with tics is that the are weird, annoying, inconvenient (oh the strange looks I have gotten while traveling!), but they do not define you intellectual or physical capabilities and do not detract at all from who you are.
Hello i’m 12 1/2 and whenever i woke up i felt fine but when reminded of it i constantly had vibrations in my throat that made me constantly feel like i had to clear my throat ….that is when the snorting started , I found out that if i snorted that the vibrations would go away….temporarily at least….But I snorted VERY VERY VERY often.That was a few years ago and sense then i saw someone crack their neck…then i tried it and next thing i knew i had developed another tic…the tic where i cracked my neck went away for a few weeks and i was happy about it then in returned and here i am now looking for a way to get rid of these horrible things that are called tics…….
I’ve been reading all the posts here. People with TS,ADHD,OCD,ODD,BPD not bipolar, but border line personality disorder, anxiety, and other numerous disorders are misjudged! I have TS, ADHD, Anxiety and BPD, I get teased, I get judged, I get really angry when people tell me they have medication for that! When I get excited, frustrated, angry or tired my speech starts to get lower and slower like I’m stumbling for words, I start to stutter, I start forgetting and go into my own little world along with about a million more tics. I have worked very hard to get to where I’m at in life, I take my meds and do what my doctors tell me to do. But some jerk has to remind me on my bad days that I’m different, why can’t people just accept each other as God has made us? I don’t feel sorry for those who have these disorders. I feel sorry for the jerks who miss out on all the wonderful things by not getting to know us! We are human, friends and for the most part just as smart or smarter than they are! Love the ones who accept themselves as different and reject those who think they are better than others! I have accepted the fact, because I’m different there are those who in their infinite wisdom will never accept me for who I am, a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a Christian! I forgive those who judge and make fun of me because this is what Christ has commanded me to do!
Since as young as I could remember, I’ve had an eye tic that caused me to blink hard and excessively, all the way up until college. I still have it sometimes, when I am driving, or when I am stressed. Later on in life I developed other tics, such as making sounds with my teeth and hissing repeatedly and stretching my mouth (Luckily these have subsided, but I still do them occasionally). I also have a hitting problem where I hit my sides, first my legs and then I would hit my waist, I would have to hit both sides or else the urge wouldn’t subside and sometimes I would hit hard and it would hurt. I also use to pinch both my arms at the same time. On occasion I have caused bruises.
My aunt observed these and said that I perform my tics in threes and believes that I have OCD, because if I don’t perform them I get frustrated. I have never been properly diagnosed though so I wouldn’t know.
I also have this wierd one where sometimes a clock would appear in my head, it’s hands spinning fast and I would have to concentrate to slow down the clock and then force it to turn counterclockwise rapidly for the same amount of time and then slow it down to a stop. If I don’t do this I can’t stop thinking about the clock. These are only a few tics that I have experienced.
These tics are very frustrating and have had a negative affect on my life growing up, but I was able to get stronger and learn to deal with them, even overcome a few of them, by understanding how they develop as many of them, I feel are psychological. I can shrug off when people make mention of them and even laugh at them.
My son is 12 1/2 and was diagnosed with TS and ADHD two years ago. He started with anxiety at age 6 and from then the head nodding, various noises,limb throwing(arm or leg lashig out) and interruption to his speech continued. He has also had bouts of hiccups for three weeks at a time. He twirls around as he walks, his eyes blink quickly, and he has a six pack from all the stomach spasms he has.There are other symptoms that have happened, but are too many to remember.He has an unusual one, as he is walking forward, he will all of a sudden bend forward. He tries to cover it by saying his back is sore. His head throwing(suddenly turning sideways with rolling eyes)he would say his hair is in his eyes. I feel for him and others who have this condition as I see what he goes through. My most frustrating thing, is at school he is treated as a badly behaved child. Academically he struggles and as there is not any support for this. He has tried various meds for his ADHD but the meds make his tics worse. I have tried to explain to his school that this is a neurological condition and that he does not think or process information like the general class and that in order to manage him correctly they need to understand this condition. When I showed them a print out from TS association to help them, the reply I got was “Anybody can put anything on the internet”. I was so angry I told them the comment was insulting to those who have the condition and the ones who care for them, and that I was very offended. As far as meds go, all I would like to use for him is something that can calm him enough so he can stay on task at school and get some education instead of being punished for the effects of a medical condition. It makes me wonder how many other children have struggled through their school years.
Over the past year and the past three to six months in particular, I have developed a new tic that has taken over hours and hours of my free time every day. I feel the need to constantly do something with my hands, in the past I carried a binder clip with me (or 5 or 6) and messed around with it all day. Now, I reach down to the bottom of my shirt and start wrapping it around the top of my finger, over and over, and when I can’t pull anymore, i take the bundle around my finger, and start bundling that bundle up, over and over, until I can’t…then I simply move to another piece of fabric. My shorts, my sleeves, all my clothes are stretched out from the weird hell I put them through daily. Even while trying to accomplish things (like write this post) I have to take breaks to indulge myself. If I’m in public too long and unable to really “get weird”, I get very anxious. Cabin fever. Need to go home. I’ve always known I have some strong OCD tendencies even though I’ve never bothered to see a doctor about it. But for a new tic to develop and so quickly and uselessly occupy hours of my life is alarming.
I frequently find myself repeating certain moves or phrases because during the first time i did or said them i was thinking about something negative. For example, i might switch off the lights but while i was doing that i might have been thinking that something bad will happen. I will switch on and then off again the lights until whilst i am doing that i am thinking of something positive.
I had a dna comparison test done with some trickery on 2 of my siblings, thinking back to what my neuropsychologists and GP said, TS, ADHD, BPD (borderline personality disorder) and OCD is usually inherited and runs in families and neither would diagnose me because of this? They tell me I show more than the classic symptoms, they know I have TS, ADHD, OCD and BPD. I would probably suffer until they get an answer otherwise! I know my 2 children show signs of them which I don’t mention to them. Through the questionnaires I couldn’t come up with anyone in my family that had even one of these symptoms? So, it dawned on me what my mom confided in me months before she died in 2000 and long after my dad died. She told me she was sorry and that I was switched at birth? She told me I was supposed to have been a girl? She and my dad loved me just the same and couldn’t make the DRs understand. This is where the test came in, I had it done. I looked through years of photos, many black and white. A lot from many different Christmas times, Easters, birthdays and Thanksgivings even my old school pictures. Not one time could even a stranger tell me that I belonged in this family of 9, the only thing I have in common is my blue eyes nothing more. Hair color totally different, interest’s different even my posture is different! When I got that envelope back it took days to open. I didn’t want to know, but my wife did, why things matched between our kids features, her families features, but not mine? Why my 2 kids didn’t resemble anyone from my family tree and only hers? Bottom line I found out I’m not me; which explains my tics, my ADHD, my OCD and my attitude why no one else in my family had them! My 2 sibs matched as having the same parents, a 99.9% match, me I didn’t even match at .0001%? For me it’s to late to start over, I accept my Dad, my Mom and siblings as mine! I now know that there will always be a part of me that wishes I could figure out who I am, who my real family is, but I can’t. I can’t start over again with strangers, and now do I let my Doctors know these results to get treatment? Punch 22? I’ve cried since 10/21/13 when I opened that stupid letter! The better part of me wished I’d let it all alone, the other part of me just knew, I was never me, that me and my family as I knew it never matched. God bless you all!
If I am wearing a shirt with a collared neck I fiddle with the collar with out thinking, almost like stroking the corner of it. I have done this for as long as I remember and can force myself to stop however, at times, find myself reaching for the collar. Im paranoid that if people see me doing this they will think it is strange or perverted! For some reason I gain a physical pleasure from doing it. I also get 5 word sentences stuck in my head and repeat them several times. Sometimes I will repeat the same sentence all day and move my fingers as I think of each word and order the words or syllables to my fingers. Largest word being thumb and smallest being pinky. I have noticed I only do this when im feeling stressed or anxious as when I am in a relaxed state it goes away. Weird stuff =/
I do this thing with my bottom lip… its not really biting my lip as apposed to sort of rolling it from the inside out with my up upper teeth to the point where sometimes it gets so irritated and raw that it swells up it my lips cracks and starts to bleed a bit. I’ve had it as long as I can remember and I hate that I do this because my bottom lip on either side just gets completely haggard sometimes. I find I do it a lot more when my mind is racing about something or over thinking. Which I am a BIG over thinker. I had stopped for the longest time but about the last couple weeks I’ve started doing it again. When I notice myself doing it I stop and I try really hard not to do it around other people… but at times its like a need to make me feel comfortable or relaxed. Its really very irritating.
I’m an old pro when it comes to tics. Had them, seen them, and said them all! I also have ADHD, and mild OCD, I count and arrange things, must be perfect. Like if my socks aren’t turned right side out when I get them from my drawer, I turn them right side out and then put them back up to wear another day? When I put them on all the lines must be aligned, my shoe laces have to be aligned along with the tongue too! I went for a recheck with my neuropsychologist, I wasn’t happy! My last MRI has shown spots in the memory part of my brain, which represents either mini strokes, vascular dementia, or early onset Alzheimer’s? He wants me to see a Psychiatrist now because he thinks I’m starting to show signs of being BI Polar or having Border Line Personality Disorder consistent with Dementia? My GP and him wants me to try Strattera for cognitive behavior, add another antipsychotic drug because I get irritated for no reason, have anxiety attacks and add another antidepressant drug because I’m losing control of my own life. Just because I’d rather die than to wake up one day and not remember my own wife and children? I’m a 48 year old male with a wife and children that I love with all my heart, who has been my main stay, my reason to live. All I want to say is, ” Don’t let your tic disorder, Tourette’s, your BI Polar disorder, your BPD, your OCD or Dementia stop you from living a wonderful life.” Its up to you to decide? Let the negative take over or dream on and let the waters carry you to a more wonderful life! My TICS is what makes me who I am, a loving, caring and funny Husband and DAD!
It all started many years ago, although I’m only 15. First came the eye-blinking – which I never noticed, but my parents did – and hard-swallowing/throat-clearing. Now, I have major muscle tics involving my entire body practically…my back, my stomach, my arms, my legs…they’re always twisting and clenching in every way. I also have eye-rolling, but I learn to do things so that no one will see…I now close my eyes to roll them up. I also jerk my neck like crazy, and flick my wrists. I also realized that I always have to move my hands. I’m always counting syllables and spelling out words with my fingers, and I’m usually tapping a beat. Those are just some of my many tics. I’d like to think of tics as an itch or cough…because anyone can relate to these. When you feel like you have to cough or scratch an itch, you’ll eventually give into the urge. It’s not as easy as just forgetting about it either. When people tell me to stop, I try my best, I really do, but the feeling of having to tic is indescribable. My tics hurt me. I’ve had to stay home from school the past two days because I can’t stop, and I’m worried I’m messing up my muscles in my back. My whole body aches at the end of the day. I know it won’t ever go away, but I really hope they settle down. I don’t want to be a victim to this rotten illness, so I guess all of us just have to remain positive and push through it, even though it’s tough that we tic like clocks.
Oh my god I can’t believe I found this forum. I totally felt crazy and felt like no one could understand. It started about three years ago (at 17), at least the cheek thing did. Let’s start with that. It’s hard to explain but the best way is like I can’t have spit in my mouth ? So I suck on the cheeks, mainly it’s just my left one, and get all the spit out. There’s a huge sore there now. It stopped for about two months, and then I just noticed me doing it again a few weeks ago. I feel like I have to ! I try to ignore te rug but I can’t. It’s embarrassing ! The face I make is so crazy. Like I look demented…but i can’t stop…
The other things.. Like I straighten my legs, or squeeze the muscles to get rid of the urges. It feels like there is liquid in my joints, and I’m squeezing it out. I have it in my elbows and my knees. My wrists too, like I put them in weird positions and squeeze till I feel relief. Depends in the day, but sometimes I do it so much that my joints really start to hurt. It’s unbearable but I keep doing it. >.< it’s really starting to annoy me. I try to not do it in front of people but it feels like it’s getting worse !! I’m not stressed out, there’s nothing wrong but I just keep doing it… Please help!
MAKING A WEEZING COUGH SOUND. I TEND TO MAKE A SOUND WITH MY NOSE THAT SOUNDS LIKE IM BLOWING AIR OUT IN SPIRTS. I FLEX AND HOLD MY BREATHE FOR 10 SECONDS UNTIL I TURN BRIGHT RED AND ALMOST PASS OUT. I LIKE THE FEELING OF HOLDING BREATH IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I GOT A SHOT OF ADRENALINE FOR A COUPLE SECONDS WITH LIGHTHEADEDNESS. I HAVE BACK TIGHTNESS WHICH MAY LEAD TO HEAVING SOUND AND ALLERGY AND SINUS ISSUES. THE BREATHE HOLD I FEEL RELIEVES HEAD CONGESTION AS WELL. THE HOLDING BREATHE I JUST STARTED. THE OTHERS IVE BEEN DOING SINCE I WAS A KID. WHAT CAN I DO? Am I CAUSING DAMAGE TO MY HEAD? Help!! I AM AN ADULT.
I have had TS and OCD for as long as I can remember. Screaming and yelping at the top of my lungs or barking are the most common vocal tics I have had. As far as motor tics go: rolling my eyes, opening my mouth as wide as possible, blinking, shoulder shrugging, arm wailing, smacking my mouth, wrinkling my nose, nodding or shaking my head, jerking my head or whole body until it hurt, kicking myself in the butt, kicking the ground when walking, jumping up out of my chair, tripping myself, waving with my fingers, punching walls, myself in the face and in the stomach also elbowing my stomach or legs, standing still, stuck, flexing any muscle in my body or holding my breath until I felt it was “right” to stop. Those are just a few to name that I can mostly remember. Quite exhausting, but I will never give up on myself and my goals in life!
I’ve had a head/neck jerking tic for 11 years now; I bite my cheeks, flick fingers, rub my nose, eye rolling, tongue flipping, knee jerking, and many internal muscular tics. My vocal tics became much worse in my twenties (I’m now 26, diagnosed at 25) and include various obscenities, yelling “Mother!” “oh Jesus” and repeating my own name dozens of times. I also have a horrible tic of giving people the finger when they turn their back to me; how many times do you think I can get in trouble for that?!
Quando eu era mais nova eu piscava os olhos sem parar, eu simplesmente não conseguia me controlar, mas as pessoas nunca entenderam isso, então, eu sofri muito na escola por conta disso, cheguei apanhar e ter vários apelidos, hoje eu entorto o pescoço para todos os lados. Hoje tomo remédio para controlar.
I am a 37 year old female, a family physician, mother, wife, part time masters student, and university faculty. I have Tourettes. Also OCD, ADD. Tics started sometime in childhood, I can’t recall not having them.
Tics include, but are not limited to, sniffing, a whole range of facial twitches, shoulder rolling, muscle tightening involving legs and arms, throat clearing…you name it and I have probably annoyed someone by it. That is their issue. I keep stuff supressed as much as possible for polite company but when it comes right down to it, that is me. It has often gotten on my nerves, and sometimes created sinusitis or muscle spasms, but never been limiting. I would like to remind people that tics are tics and not the person. Like any number of other conditions, Tourettes is something to work around and not something to define an existence. Self confidence comes from external support as much as resilience and internal strength. If you know someone with Tourettes, remember they are multifasceted people at the core of it all. If you have Tourettes, don’t let it limit you; dealing with this can give you strength and insight and resources many people will never know.
So these are things I do daily, and the weirdest as well. I literally have nobody to relate to who’s done these things. Do any of you do these or??
To give some more detail, with digging my nails into my skin I can either do it lightly or hard however I prefer to go hard and leave nail imprints on my body and I don’t understand but the feeling I get after is quite calming and satisfying, as well as pinching my fingertips with my nails. I now have calluses forming on my finger tips from doing this for so long. Another big one is playing with my lips, I’m constantly folding/twisting my lip (usually top lip) and then pushing down. As well as I pinch my lips like I do with my fingers however not to the extent that I have a callus… Yet. Please someone tell me I’m not alone here? I’m a 17 year old female and have been so far diagnosed with OCD however not sure if these things are just OCD tendencies or even that at all.
I get a big overcoming feeling in my nose, it could be described as in itch and my hand just automatically shoots up to my face and starts rubbing my nose, it’s such a relieving feeling but it makes my nose go bright red and over the years of having this tic my nose has misshaped and I bring nose bleeds on all the time.
I haven’t met anybody with the nose rubbing tic, anyone else?
When I was 10 I started having the urge to move my legs at night and was told it was restless legs. This progressed and became worse, then started in my arms. I began opening my eyes really wide, rolling them and blinking a few years later. This continued through high school but went away in my 20′s. The restless legs and arms remained.
When I was pregnant with my 2nd child at 28 I started getting an uncontrollable urge to move my left shoulder and clench my stomach on the left side.
I was diagnosed with Tourette’s at 29 and now have all of the previously mentioned tics as well as sniffing, biting the inside of my mouth, lip curling and scraping my tongue with my molars.
I’ve dislocated my shoulder a few times and am in a lot of pain most of the time from the torso clenching and shoulder shrugging.
As my tics appear to be getting worse I’m not looking forward to what’s to come but am trying to stay positive.
i have been facing this condition since i was 16 yrs old. whenever i used to get excited or nervous, my left jaw, hand and legs would freeze for a moment. this would last for a few seconds.and i would have to come up with some excuse to hide it. i had an ecg and a mri scan done but the doctor did not find any irregularity.i hope to get rid of this disease once and for all because i feel, its somehow related to my mind..whenever i think of it subconsciously, it starts again.
I started having tics when I was 10. I would obsessively suck in air on alternating sides of my mouth. Once I started, I wouldn’t be able to stop until I’d done it an even number of times and my buccal mucosa felt dry enough. Then I stopped for a long time. I started clenching my jaw in middle and high school. It got very bad and would cause migraines. Through therapy, I was able to better control it. Now I am in my 4th year of graduate school and my tics have come back full force. I am student body president and trying to maintain a high GPA. I find myself getting into these panic attacks where I tense up the muscles on the left side of my body (SCM, trap, pec) and obsessively blink my eyes. It’s very frustrating and I’ve been in denial about it but my husband has been noticing it getting worse. I have also always had SOB that seems to get worse with stress and happens with the tics. Nice to read that I’m not alone in all this. I have made an appointment to see a psychiatrist and an acupuncturist who specializes in psychological conditions. I am also trained in Qi Gong meditation and that can help when I have time to do it. Feeling hopeful.
I’ll be sitting in class and I’ll get a feeling where I have to flex my legs or straighten them or sometimes my whole body will tense up just every muscle seems to contract or I’ll have to flex certain muscles or they will start to burn and then it gets to the point where it hurts and I have to. And I have to crack my knuckles and at this point when ever I make a fist they crack I don’t even have to try they just crack. I play hockey I’m in shape are these tics or am I convincing myself I have them.
My 8 yr old son has various tics which last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months at a time…throat clearing, coughing, nose wiping, to name but a few…however, just recently he has starting grabbing his genitals (through his clothing) and then sniffing his hand, as his mother (and having grown up with a brother who has Tourettes) I can obviously ‘put up’ with this, but he returns to school next week after the summer holidays and I’m concerned that some of the other children will pick up on it and tease him! Is there anything anyone can recommend to maybe deter this particular type of tic? I am aware that by doing this he will no doubt start doing something else and I am considering taking him to the doctors as he has not been diagnosed with tourettes or a tic disorder. Many thanks in advance for any suggestions.