Hello there, my name is Alex Tyler. I've had Physical Tourettes Syndrome for most of my life and as a kid it was rough. I started this group because tourettes *both motor tics or vebally expressive tics*
are more common than most would believe and there was no group like this on A|N until now. For those who are still in school and have either type I wish to express the utmost sympathy, however I pity no one. I know firsthand that other children are cruel to those who they do not understand but, try to ignore them. Stand up for yourself when need be but also remember to not allow your diaorder stop you or hold you back. You are no different from anyone else so aim for what you want and give it your best shot. The best way to get back at those who taunt you is to be successful. Don't give up, most cases of Tourettes calm down or completely cease as an individual ages. Ever since 1st Grade I was teased and called names for that which I have no control over but, now I'm 17 and even though I still twitch often the severity of my tics has decreased quite a considerable ammount. I have good days as well as bad, some worse than others. No matter what I never gave up on hope and I know it's hard to just wait something out but YOU CAN
do it. Once you accept yourself and try to make the best of things, time flys quickly. Anyways, enough from boring ol' Alex - LETS START UP SOME DISCUSSIONS!
All topics that abide by the TOS of AtheistNexus and are user friendly are welcome. Want to tell people about a great new video game? Or did you read something about tourettes in the news? Feel free to type up a storm, LOL.WE WELCOME EVERYONE.
Friend, Family, Partner or Patient doesn't matter. If you'd like to learn more about Tourettes or raise awareness, feel free to join as well.
~~~~~~~~~~THE FOLLOWING WAS COPIED FROM THE WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE HERE:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourettes
Tourette syndrome (also called Tourette's syndrome, Tourette's disorder, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, GTS or, more commonly, simply Tourette's or TS) is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by the presence of multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic; these tics characteristically wax and wane. Tourette's is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders, which includes transient and chronic tics.
Tourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette's.
Tourette's is no longer considered a rare condition, but it may not always be correctly identified because most cases are classified as mild. Between 1 and 10 children per 1,000 have Tourette's as many as 10 per 1,000 people may have tic disorders with the more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. People with Tourette's have normal life expectancy and intelligence. The severity of the tics decreases for most children as they pass through adolescence, and extreme Tourette's in adulthood is a rarity.
Notable individuals with Tourette's are found in all walks of life. Genetic and environmental factors each play a role in the etiology of Tourette's, but the exact causes are unknown. In most cases, medication is unnecessary. There is no effective medication for every case of tics, but there are medications and therapies that can help when their use is warranted. Explanation and reassurance alone are often sufficient treatment, education is an important part of any treatment plan. The eponym was bestowed by Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–93) on behalf of his resident, Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette (1859–1904), a French physician and neurologist, who published an account of nine patients with Tourette's in 1885.
Tics are sudden, repetitive, stereotyped, nonrhythmic movements (motor tics) and utterances (phonic tics) that involve discrete muscle groups. Motor tics are movement-based tics, while phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat. The exact cause of Tourette's is unknown, but it is well established that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Genetic studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of cases of Tourette's are inherited, although the exact mode of inheritance is not yet known, and no gene has been identified. In some cases, Tourette's is sporadic, that is, it is not inherited from parents. In other cases, tics are associated with disorders other than Tourette's, a phenomenon known as tourettism.
Brain structures implicated in Tourette's syndromeA person with Tourette's has about a 50% chance of passing the gene(s) to one of his or her children, but Tourette's is a condition of variable expression and incomplete penetrance. Thus, not everyone who inherits the genetic vulnerability will show symptoms; even close family members may show different severities of symptoms, or no symptoms at all. The gene(s) may express as Tourette's, as a milder tic disorder (transient or chronic tics), or as obsessive–compulsive symptoms without tics. Only a minority of the children who inherit the gene(s) have symptoms severe enough to require medical attention. Gender appears to have a role in the expression of the genetic vulnerability: males are more likely than females to express tics.