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What is Tourettes Syndrome?

Although Tourettes has had more awareness surrounding it recently thanks to social media platforms, many still aren't sure on what exactly this nervous system disorder is and how it affects people diagnosed with it. Tourette's syndrome is a nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds that can't be easily controlled. Examples of these ticks would include continuously blinking, blunt words, offensive name calling, shoulder shrugging, and so on. Ticks are often sporadic and affect everyone differently depending on the situation.


As of right now the exact cause of Tourette syndrome isn't known, but some research suggests that it happens when there's a problem with how nerves communicate in certain areas of the brain. Once again tourettes appear differently for everyone diagnosed with the disorder. It can often be mild, moderate or severe. The intensity of symptoms can change quickly and without warning. Stress or tension tends to make the condition worse, while relaxation or concentration eases the symptoms and slows down the ticks.


There's no cure for Tourette syndrome but treatment is mainly aimed at controlling tics that interfere with everyday activities and functioning. When tics aren't severe, treatment might not be necessary as it is mild enough to work through. Having tourettes is especially hard for scholars and those in search of a career. It's difficult to be in a quiet setting such as a classroom or office when ticks interfere with work flow and thought process. Furthermore, anxiety filled meetings, tests, presentations, and new people only worsen the severity of the ticks, making it strenuous to properly carry out the task at hand or be in that position.


As tourettes continue to be further researched, scientists have found that Tourette's syndrome is believed to have a genetic link and to be hereditary. Meaning A person who has a close family member with a tic is more likely to have one, too. It also appears to be more common in infants who are born preterm or before proper development. Another theory scientists are investigating is that a childhood illness may trigger tics.


Although a struggle, millions diagnosed with tourettes have found ways to live their best life possible and have not let tourettes prevent them from carrying out simple or extraordinary tasks. Read more about tourettes here and peoples personal experiences with the disorder.


Works Cited

“Real Stories From People With Tourette Syndrome | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 Oct. 2020, www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/tourette/stories.html.


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