Dealing with Racist Tics

I thought I’d had all the bad tics.

After all, I’ve punched windows, slapped friends, thrown a glass at my manager, shouted out the f-word, c-word and s-word, yelled “pigs” at police officers, and hit my head repeatedly against a wall.

I was wrong. It turns that things could get worse. Now, regrettably, my Tourette’s is coming out with racial slurs: an unfortunate but rare facet of coprolalia.

This is obviously awkward, to say the least. Now, it seems I’m going to be offending a lot more people, at a much deeper level.

At a loss as to what to do, I asked the internet for advice, and this is what everyone said:

  • Explain quickly to anyone who has overheard my racist tics that I have Tourette’s.
  • Wear a badge saying I have Tourette’s.
  • Try to turn the vocal tics into “mental tics”. “Mental tics” is not a medical term, it’s just what I call the silent tics that interrupt my thoughts. They feel much like an intrusive thought, but it’s made up of words instead of images.
  • Switch the tic. For example, if the racist tic is coming out, sometimes it’s possible to switch the word to something else half-way through.
  • Alternatively, if the tic has to come out, say something that rhymes with the offensive word instead.

It’s early days – I only started ticcing racial slurs a few days ago – but I’ve since found that tic-switching and finding a rhyming word really works for me.

As general rule, I find that tics come and go. I can’t wait for this one to go away, but for now I’m putting the internet’s advice into practice, and taking each tic as it comes.

2 thoughts on “Dealing with Racist Tics”

  1. I’m dreading ever having racist tics, I feel like I can deal with practically anything but that. I mean, I’ve offended many people with my tourettes before but thats a whole nother level of offence. This isn’t helping is it… I feel like it would help if you tried to surround yourself as much as possible with people who know you and that your not racist and don’t mean it. Just until you feel confident dealing with them and can fight your own corner if you have to. But obviously do what works for you. Thank you for this post though, if I do ever have to deal with this side of coprolalia I feel like I’d have a better chance of doing better with it.

    PS: the lemons tic has pretty much disappeared, I occasionally tic it once or twice but apart from that I survived it. I should get one of those t-shirts saying I survived… The lemons tic. Lol.

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