- Tourette’s make people tic, not tick.
Tics are involuntary movements, sounds, words or sentences. Ticks are insects which carry diseases.
- Tics are, generally speaking, not indicative of what the person with Tourette’s is thinking.
Tics are random. So, someone with Tourette’s tics “wanker” in your general direction, don’t take it personally.
- Tics are like the moon. They wax and wane.
People with Tourette’s will go through periods of time where their tics are not very noticeable, and periods of time where they are very noticeable.
- Tourette’s normally starts in childhood.
The usual age for Tourette’s to kick in is 6 or 7. (I first started ticcing age 21, which isn’t the norm.)
- Tourette’s is not a mental illness.
It’s a neurological one.
- Most people with Tourette’s Syndrome have something else too.
Common comorbidities are OCD, ADHD and autism, but people with Tourette’s often have depression and anxiety too. All this means that when you have Tourette’s, tics can often be the least of your problems.
- Most people with Tourette’s do not swear.
According to one study, only 10 to 15 percent do.
- Tourette’s is incurable.
Although there is medication and therapy which can help people manage their tics better, as a general rule, tics don’t ever just go away.
- About 300,000 people in the UK are diagnosed of Tourette’s.
Meaning that it’s not that common, not that rare.
- Tourette’s does not affect intelligence.
So, if you see someone with Tourette’s, there’s no need to patronise them. (This happens a lot.)