6 Things that Make My Tics Worse

Preface: Sorry for the irregularity of my blogging. I haven’t forgotten, I promise! Jelly Bean hasMommy and Ella been keeping me busy. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade a minute of it! Although, I wouldn’t mind a shower every now and then where poor Baby isn’t yelling at me for putting her in her crib. But showers are sometimes necessary…right? Anywho, onward and forward.

Anyone with Tourettes can tell you that tics come in waves. Sometimes they’re better, and sometimes they’re worse. If one pays enough attention, however, it’s possible to start noticing events or stimuli in the environment that make tics worse. No two people with Tourettes will respond exactly the same way to the exact same stimuli. Still, from what I’ve seen and heard, people with tics often have shared responses to this or that stimulus. I’ve decided to list mine, and I’d love to hear at the end of this blog if you or someone you love also has worsening tics from these factors.

6 Factors that Make My Tics Worse

6 Things that Make My Tics Worse

1. Stress

Honestly, this is probably the most common of the “tic aggravators.” According to the Center of Disease Control article, “Tourette Syndrome (TS): Other Concerns and Conditions,” 49% of children with Tourettes also have anxiety struggles. Worry Wise Kids says in its article, “Taking Charge of Tics and Tourette’s,” that “stress…can exacerbate tics.” TSA-USA.org’s article, “Understanding Behavioral Symptoms in Tourette Syndrome,” says, “However, TS symptoms…change periodically, wax and wane and are increased by stress.”

I’ve actually learned that I can use my tic levels to assess my anxiety levels. My tics generally jump when I’m about to have an anxiety attack. Even when I’m not yet to that point, I’ll take a rise in tics as a sign that I need to lower my stress load. I also have tics that aren’t present all the time. There are a few that surface only when I’m really, really stressed.

Interesting Note: I recently experienced a huge jump in tics. It was bad enough that I was blinking so much it was nearly distracting to drive. I’d had a stressful week in the week prior, and I mentioned my tics to my mom. She told me that apparently, this isn’t new for me. She reminded me that I’ve often had delayed tic jumps, rises in tics that often happen after a really stressful event or time period.

2. Not Enough Exercise

As I’m currently 6 1/2 weeks postpartum, I’m finally getting back into a normal exercise routine. No, I’m not killing it at the gym, but I am getting about 20-25 minutes on my stationary bike, as well as 10+ minutes of basic arm exercises and physical therapy exercises about 4-5 times a week. It was really difficult earlier when I really needed to blow off some stress, but I hadn’t healed enough to do much exercise. I could really tell that my tics were worse. The blinking had increased, along with the squeaks, funny breathing, head shaking, and muscle tensing.

I’ve written before about how exercise can help relieve tics. This also goes along with the fact that exercise helps relieve anxiety by creating natural neurochemicals that lower anxiety, which in turn, lower more tics. Livestrong says in its article, “Does Exercise Affect the Severity & Frequency of Tics in a Person With Tourette’s Syndrome?“, “Physical activity can be a way for you to control or reduce your tics. Activity provides another outlet for your mind to concentrate on and it also relaxes your body. Both of these mechanisms may reduce the severity and frequency of your tics.”

3. A Questionable Diet

I have no hardcore scientific proof for this, just my own personal experience. Fried food makes me feel like crap. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. It raises my anxiety and my tics. I’m not sure how much one has to do with the other (Are the tics raised because of the anxiety, or alongside it?), but either way, I feel horrid after I eat fried food. Even a half serving of french fries makes me feel bad.

My personal theory is that our brains only run as well as the fuel we give them. There are lots of foods that naturally reduce anxiety by producing more of those awesome neurochemicals, such as whole grains, fish, and foods high in protein. There are also lots of foods to avoid, such as caffeine (I discuss here how anxiety can makes Tourettes way worse), sugary candy, and fried foods. The way I see it, why not do what’s best for your body overall and just avoid these foods in general? Keeping a healthy diet sure can’t make your tics any worse.

4. Allergies

There are a number of people who report that food allergies can cause tics. I honestly don’t know much about that, so until I research it a bit more, I’ll let you do the Googling. What I’m talking about here are the annoying types of allergies that make your eyes watery, your nose run, and cause those infernal sneezes. (I honestly get mad when I sneeze. It just drives me up the wall.)

Some of my earliest tics started when I had really bad allergies. It’s like my body got into a habit of going through the motions, but never got the memo to stop. I was about 7 when my throat clearing began. I distinctly remember having a bad bout of nose and throat allergies right before that particular tic showed up. What tipped my mom off to something being afoot was when the rest of my seasonal allergies went away, but the throat clearing continued. And went. And went. And went.

I’ve written before about how it’s sometimes possible to trick your Tourettes into accepting tics you would prefer to do over less desirable ones. I think allergies work this way, except you don’t really get to choose the allergy symptoms. They just take you along for the ride.

5. Injury

I’ve noticed that injuries that draw more attention to certain parts of the body can create tics I’ve never had before. For the most part, my tics are pretty unnoticeable to the trained eye. They’re tics that I can feel, but they’re not really big or loud, for the most part. That’s why it shocked me when, after a neck injury, I realized I had the sudden urge to jerk my head. To be honest, it scared me a bit. I’d never had that tic, and I really didn’t want it, considering my past history with neck injuries due to a car accident.

I’m really not sure why injuries have the power to create new tics that weren’t there before. My only guess is that I’m unconsciously moving in new ways to work around the injury, and that provides ample focus for my mind to make up tics I’d never thought of before without my permission.

6. Watching Other People Tic

I feel like a jerk sometimes, but I can’t watch those Youtube videos people post where they explain Tourettes to the world. I mean, kudos to them for being so brave and trying to break stereotypes! I can’t watch them, however, because they make me want to start ticcing, and the last thing I need is to “catch” new tics.

I can’t remember what show I saw it on (and I apologize for that), but I watched part of a documentary once, where they showed children at a summer camp for kiddos with Tourettes. They said it was amazing to watch tics “jump” from child to child. Children would pick up new tics just by watching one another. I’m not sure what causes this, but I can tell you there’s definitely something to it.

What Make You Tic?

Tics are funny things. They come and go as they please, and you don’t always have a say in it. Some people, such as myself, can manage Tourettes by watching out for factors like these; other people have to use medicine to manage the symptoms. What’s really important is knowing what you need. Although Tourette Syndrome is one disorder, everyone with the disorder manifests it in different ways. Being vigilant is the key, and taking care of and listening to your body will take you far.

What makes you tic? Did you have something that made your tics skyrocket? I’d love to hear your comments and questions, so please post them in the Comment Box below. Also, don’t forget that if you sign up for my weekly newsletter, you’ll get extra resources on neurological disorders, as well as a gift in thanks for signing up. Thanks for reading!

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41 comments

  • Walter I. on May 4, 2015 at 11:02 am said:

    Brittany, reading your blog has been a godsend at times while i try to understand myself.

    I was diagnosed when I was 11, and almost 15 years later I’ve began to understand it a little bit. Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, tourettes… I can attest that stress, exhaustion, diet, and injury are big triggers.

    I blink, but what bothers me are the tics from my neck to my lower back/hips. They pull my spine out of alignment so i regularly visit a chiropractor. Of course, I can’t go as much as I’d like.

    A high carb/sugar diet, as well as gluten is a big trigger. Diet paired with excercise is the most effective “preventative” method for me.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on May 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm said:

      Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that! I’m so sorry to hear about your back. I have back issues from a car accident years ago. I can’t imagine having a tic that constantly threw it out. I don’t have a gluten allergy, but I’ve heard of other people who have similar problems with it. I think exercise is my favorite stress reliever. Do you find that gluten makes your ADHD worse as well? Thanks for sharing!

  • Charley Rider on May 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm said:

    My worst trigger is when I do something that has left me feeling bad about myself. Snapping at someone, belittling someone with sarcasm. Even if I scam a lane of traffic. If I feel like I’ve done something wrong or unfair to another person, I’m a mess. It will usually last the rest of the day.

  • Natalie on June 1, 2015 at 8:11 am said:

    I find that being tired is the worst trigger for me. Being pregnant was the worst time! The exercise I do does help. Caffeine isn’t too bad if I just have one coffee, if I go above that it’s worse. Stress and anxiety trigger them as well. Brittany, your blog has changed my life, I have never told anyone I have Tourette’s syndrome. I can read and talk here.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on June 3, 2015 at 4:02 am said:

      I think it’s interesting how so many people have such different triggers. And yes, third trimester was crazy, although I find I’m still having a surge of tics even at 11 weeks postpartum. And thank you so much for telling me that! It really means a lot. I’m not as good at blogging on a schedule with Jelly Bean keeping me busy, but I’m trying, and notes like your help me to keep going! And if you ever feel like you need to talk, please feel free to email me! (Brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com) I love getting to know new people!

    • Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm said:

      Announce it to the world, After 35 years I’ve just done it via fb and the response was amazing , I feel ten ton lighter . People flooded me with messages and telling me I’m brave and how they admire me telling
      my story. It felt good.

  • Erika on September 12, 2015 at 5:45 am said:

    Just saying the word “tic” makes my 5 year old do the big shoulder/neck tic he first presented with, His tics are pretty minimal right now but they do seem to increase some when he is stressed or tired.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on September 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm said:

      Oh man, that could totally be a seventh item on the list! In his book, “Front of the Class,” Brad Cohen talks about when they played hide-and-seek, his brother would call out about ticcing, and he would immediately start ticcing so badly his brother could easily find him.

  • Celeste on May 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm said:

    Hi^^ I completely agree with you about not being able to watch YouTube videos of people talking about and showing their tics. It causes me to have a bad ticcing episode every time. Even talking about my own tics with people will cause me to tic. Lol!

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on May 16, 2016 at 2:19 am said:

      I read in the book, “Front of the Class” that he used to lose Hide and Go Seek because his brother would yell out not to tic, and he would start making noises as soon as he was reminded about it. Lol. Such is our life, right? 🙂

  • Gina on October 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm said:

    LACK OF SLEEP. Holy crap do my tics get bad when I’m tired. Even if I don’t feel it. Like the other day, I had a long day and it was 7 p.m. and I didn’t feel any more tired than usual, but once I noticed my tics going crazy the exhaustion hit me. I also just started a second job on top of school so I’m stressed like crazy. Tics have been off the charts.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on November 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm said:

      I haaaate when this happens! If you don’t mind me asking, do you take part in regular exercise? I’ve found that exercising a few hours before bed (or earlier in the day is even better) can help me with expelling a bunch of my extra energy before bed. I also have to eat well (very little processed sugar or bad fats) to maintain a good balance. Do you have any tips to share that helps you sleep sometimes? I know people would love to hear it!

  • Mati on December 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm said:

    I blink and move my eyebrows, now. It used to be my neck when i was around 12 it started and it was hard to make friends until i was about 20 it stopped completely I dont know how or why. However recently it came back and im mortified because im married now and i lived with my husband i feel embarassed and ashamed. I blame my birth control. The same week I started it the teurrets came back like a bat out of hell with new ones ive never had. Its constant and i feel powerless and honestly its never been so bad. I will never take birth control again and i can see that its somehow stress and hormonal related. Caffine triggers it more as well. I just want it to go away so i can feel somewhat normal again and maybe lose the depression ive begun to feel.

  • Kara on February 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm said:

    I can relate to a lot of this! Tiredness is a big one. I usually know I’m tired by how bad my tics are before I even feel tired. My first guess as to why my tics are acting up is usually “oh, I went to bed at 3 AM last night,” which unfortunately is common for me, being a night owl. But I think getting into the habit of a normal sleep schedule would improve things a lot.
    Next biggest thing, definitely stress. Lately stress levels have been through the roof with school and a sick friend. My tics have also been through the roof. Some stress relievers would be very helpful.
    What you said about the injury hit close to home too. I will always develop ticks interfering with an injury. I have one theory for that. While I don’t have the “swearing” tic, I have read before that the “forbiddenness” of swearing is what causing it to become a tic. When you have an injury, you aren’t suppose to aggravate it so it can heal. I think, and this is quite annoying, that since better logic tells us we shouldn’t be moving this injury and we often have that in the back of our mind, it develops into a tic. Same goes for tics that can sometimes be painful, like an abdominal one I have. If it starts to hurt, the frequency will increase, which is a bit of a vicious cycle.
    Also, I have noticed that when my mind is occupied (such as, writing this right now, my tics have gone down tremendously while they were bad just a few minutes ago) the tics are way less. But if I’m having trouble focusing on something or doing some mindless activity like watching TV, they get very bad without me every noticing, as if my brain has nothing else to do.
    I am glad I found this post, it helps to realize what things make it worse. The first step to figuring out a solution is understanding the problem. Thank you.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on March 20, 2017 at 2:42 am said:

      I’m sorry your tics got worse reading this, but I’m glad you know you’re not alone! I hope you can find other articles (and the comments in them!) that help you feel at home. You’re so right! The first part is understanding the problem! Then we can only go up from there 🙂

  • Jack on May 4, 2017 at 11:17 am said:

    I have researched my most prevalent tic and have never been able to find it listed. When I think about food I tic. If a co worker says, “Do you want to go to lunch?” and I think of eating, off I go. At a restaurant, when the waiter comes I don’t tic until asked about how I want something. When I think about the choice, off I go. Do I want an extra helping? tic. There must be a ‘food choice’ area in my brain that gets stimulated I guess. This has lasted 20+ years.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on May 11, 2017 at 1:25 am said:

      How unusual! I don’t mean that in a demeaning way, just that I’ve never heard of a tic like that. Have you talked to your doctor about it? I’m sorry, but I’ve never heard of one quite like that either. I will say that I have certain sensations that will bring on anxiety, certain smells or sounds or even rooms of buildings that will bring on anxiety, usually because I associate them with something else that’s stressful in my life.

  • Mark on May 13, 2017 at 1:05 am said:

    Wow this hits home. I developed a tic five years ago where I constantly need to clear my throat. Anxiety, tiredness, and diet all effect it but I am worse when driving my car. Moreover my tics get worse the faster I drive. It’s crazy. If I’m doing 70 on the highway I am clearing my throat 10 times a minute. As I drive around town at slower speeds it reduces. I’m currently on anafranil and Paxil but they have done nothing for my tics. Any suggestions?

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on May 16, 2017 at 4:31 am said:

      I totally “tic out” when I’m in my car. I’m impressed that you’ve been able to keep track of yours, though. Lol. I obviously can’t say for your tics, but my tics often happen in the car because I’m holding them in everywhere else. It’s where I naturally “release” because no one else is watching me. (Even my toddler is strapped in facing the back.)

      I can’t say for sure what will help, as everyone is different, but my tics often spike when one of three things happen: (1) I’m stressed…which is most of the time. They spike with stress levels. (2) I haven’t exercised enough lately, or (3) I’ve been eating bad food. (Fried, sugary, or caffeinated.) Oh, caffeine is a huge one. A lot of people with TS see horrid results with caffeine, so if you’re a coffee person, perhaps try decaf or replacing coffee altogether?

      Here’s a blog post I wrote that includes my most popular tic posts. If you don’t have time to read them all, really check out the ones on exercise. That’s my best tic fighter, normally. Exercise produces some great stress-fighting endorphins in addition to spending all that “extra” energy the bodies of those with TS seem to create.

      I hope this helps! I know a break from tics can be such a gift from Heaven.

  • Femy on June 17, 2017 at 10:49 am said:

    Hi Brittany,
    Glad that I came up into this. It feels so relieving to find out that others are experiencing it too.
    My 7 yo son had started this one-left-eye winking (io of blinking) and nose flaring for 3 months. I never knew about Tic until he had this, and it is annoying at first. I scolded him too much, which later I realized it just worsen his Tic.
    Me and my husband try our best to ignore the Tic, but probably it’s me who failed the most time. And then my son “Ticcing-out” and the wink burst like crazy.

    Thank you for sharing this blog, at least I know there are hopes to reduce the symptoms, also would love to hear the success story from the survivor. Once again, it feels so relieving to be able to share this bothering issue with others.

    God bless,
    Femy

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on June 25, 2017 at 5:13 am said:

      Dear Femy,

      I’m so sorry to hear that your son is struggling with this. My parents and I went through something similar when my tics first popped up, and it wasn’t long before my mother also realized that bringing attention to the tics only made them worse.

      The good news is that there’s a good chance this tic will either take a break or be exchanged for another, hopefully, less stressful tic. Tics wax and wane, and the waxing often comes with a spike in anxiety, or I’ve been told, physiological changes that come with maturation of the body. Please email me at BrittanyFichterFiction@gmail.com if you ever need to talk. I’m not a professional, so I can’t give you medical advice, but I can listen, if nothing else. The great news is that your son has parents that care, and that’s the first thing any child with tics needs. As distracting and hurtful as tics can be, Tourettes doesn’t lower life expectancy, nor does it impair intellect or change who a person is inside. Your baby is your baby, and he will always be that no matter what tics fall or rise. That’s one of the best gifts you can give him.

  • Alex on July 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm said:

    When I don’t get enough sleep, my tics get really bad. Being in high school, I am regularly sleep deprived so that doesn’t help. I am always twitching my fingers and my toes, but when I get really tired, I get eye tics, neck tics, and vocal tics, such as squealing and breathing really hard and weird. It is a little bit embarrassing because people will say things like “what’s wrong with your eye?” or “What are you doing with your fingers?” I can try to explain to people what having Tourette’s is like but no one really understands unless they have it, as well. Any advice?

    • Alex on July 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm said:

      Also, I started my tics when I was about 5 years old (or at least that’s as far as I can remember having them) and I am now 16.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on July 24, 2017 at 2:50 am said:

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve had those awkward conversations before, and they’re no fun.

      At. all.

      Whether or not you tell people about your tics is completely up to you. There are things that might help alleviate tics, such as regular physical activity and keeping your diet healthy, but there’s never a “cure all.” If there were, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. If it helps, perhaps have a scripted reply that you write and memorize. For example, it’s taken a while, but I’m finally comfortable (mostly) with looking people in the eye and responding that I have a neurological disorder called Tourette Syndrome. It’s a disorder with a chemical imbalance that affects the part of the brain that controls voluntary motor and vocal movements. I also have OCD tendencies and chronic anxiety. It’s a brief statement, but it lets people know I’m willing to discuss my disorder if they wish to know more. I think the key for me has been to really, really know my stuff and to be aware that disorders make people uncomfortable. If I’m comfortable talking about my disorders, it can clear the way for discussion that might make them more accepting of me and others in the future. If not, that’s their problem. They’ll miss out on my friendship if they choose not to associate with me any more.

      But this is a process, if you choose to take it, that takes time and research. Becoming comfortable with one’s own disorders takes a lot of time and personal growth alone. Trying to make others comfortable with it takes even longer, and can be exhausting, deflating work. There is no one “right way.” Just don’t let anyone make you think your intrinsic worth is less because of your struggles. God has made us in His image, and because we are made in His image, we have a worth (because we reflect Him) that no one can take away.

  • Jackie on July 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm said:

    Hi Brittany, just came across your blog as I was researching whether anybody found ginger triggered their tics as my son feels that spice does. It may be that ginger is combined with other spices or msg in the food he’s been eating which makes it him feel it’s a trigger as I’ve not heard of ginger being a problem before. I spent a long time researching into tic triggers when my son’s tics were particularly bad and found the book ‘Natural Treatment for Tics and Tourette’s’ by Sheila Rogers really useful as we could try and identify which foods made the tics so much worse. Chinese food is definitely off the menu (high salt, msg) as is concentrated orange juice and coca cola. In addition to stress and tiredness, certain foods are strongly related to my son’s tics.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on July 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm said:

      Hi, Jackie.

      To be honest, I’ve never heard of a tic being triggered by a spice, but I’m not a mental health professional, so I may be missing something. If he’s having issues with MSG, I might talk to his doctor about a food allergy. I’ve heard that food allergies can cause problems that present themselves like neurological issues at times. (Again, I’m not a doctor, so please don’t take this as medical advice.) It’s great that you’ve been able to narrow down which foods cause him issues. At least you can be on the lookout that way. I’m sure you’ve talked to your doctor by now, but if you haven’t, I would bring these things up. Maybe see if you can get a referral to a child neurologist to talk with someone who is more familiar with neurology and how it affects the rest of the body than a general practitioner would be. I’m sorry I don’t know more, but I hope that helps!

  • Greg on September 4, 2017 at 4:53 am said:

    Hi!

    Today I had a tic outburst for the first time in months. Some background: Three years ago I went to Mexico for a week and while I was there my tics skyrocketed. At the time I thought it was stress. This evening I was at a Mexican restaurant and ordered a Negra Modelo beer. I drank many of these beers while I was in Mexico but have not had one since, nor had I had one before I was in Mexico. Shortly after drinking a portion of the beer my tics started. From what I’ve read it is rather unique for a tic fit to be triggered so suddenly by something one injested, so it felt appropriate to share and get another opinion on whether this is just coincidence or if there is a possibility that something in that beer that makes me tic? is this remotely possible? I will have to try the beer another day and see what happens.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on October 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm said:

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling so much with these tics! Unfortunately, I can’t help much in the department of whether or not the beer set your tics off, as I’m not a doctor. I can say, however, that I’ve spoken to other people who do get tic bursts in response to certain foods, often additives or dyes, according to them. This would probably be something to discuss with your doctor. In the meantime, if you’re brave enough to try again, let us know how it goes!

  • Stacie on September 12, 2017 at 9:57 am said:

    Brittany-
    Thanks so much. Both my husband and son have Tourette’s. I read anything I can on the subject and have found that diet has so much to do with it. There are so many triggers, though. Stress (first day of 5th grade a week ago for my son), Anxiety, high fructose corn syrup (HUGE!!!!), food dye (also HUGE!). The changing of seasons is a big one. Pollens also effect both of them.
    Luckily, they stopped feeding off of each other very early on.
    It breaks my heart every day. I want to take it from him, but I can’t.

    • Stacie on September 12, 2017 at 10:08 am said:

      Also, I’d like to add that ANY fake food or additive causes a surge is tics for both my son and husband.
      MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Red food dye, any other artificial food dye (though not as bad as red)
      We can see effects within a half hour after consuming any of these things.
      So a whole food diet seems the way to go for us.

      • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on October 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm said:

        A whole food diet definitely seems like it would be the way to go with those sorts of sensitivities. And thank you for sharing! I’m always curious to hear what other people find to be triggers. And I can completely relate to the anxiety from starting a new school year. I was a wreck at the beginning and end of each semester, even while substitute teaching. I’ve never heard of the season change trigger, though. I would be curious to learn more about that.

  • scotia on September 16, 2017 at 2:15 am said:

    all these things 100%
    I also find certain places make me tic more too. I think it has to do with a mix of my complex pstd as a repressed emotion and stress is when i go into the kitchen I tic out 100x times more, tics that I never ever have unless i am in the kitchen. it might have something to do with my memories of how my mother couldnt cook or feed me properly as a kid so i was always very confused by the kitchen in general. I love to cook and clean and its not like the kitchen scares me until now but its because I tic out like mad.
    I normally have 7-10 tics but in the kitchen i do another 7-10 different ones on top of my usual and its just constant where as i have 2 or 3 at a time and then there’s nothing almost all day

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on October 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm said:

      I haven’t personally experienced more tics in the room of a house like you do with the kitchen, but I did have issues with Sunday school for a while at my church in college. The class itself didn’t cause me anxiety (I like Sunday school.), but the fact that it was held in a classroom that resembled my college lecture hall really set my anxiety and tics off. I had to leave sometimes to go outside and calm myself down. Eventually, I stopped going until we held it in a different room. But I guess you can’t do that with a kitchen, unfortunately… I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with this! That sounds so difficult! I don’t know if this would work or not, but I’m curious as to whether a change in senses might help… something like changing the scent of the room. I’ve found that my anxiety can sometimes be lowered naturally through certain candle or essential oil scents. Again, I’m not a doctor, so this isn’t medical advice or anything. I just know that smells can set me off as well. 🙁

  • Peter on October 24, 2017 at 2:09 am said:

    I’ve had this condition ever since I can remember and I would do just about anything to get rid of it. I noticed my tics became exponentially better during my senior year of college. I think it has to do with me becoming more comfortable with who I am and building confidence. Once I had true confidence, towards the end of my college years, I noticed my stress went WAY down and the tics subsided. I still have days where my tics are a little less manageable than others, but I pretty much have them under control now. I’ve also started smoking weed within the last two years and I’m in total shock how much it has helped. I would obviously only recommend trying marijuana if you’re a little older due to brain development, but it is worth a try!

    The one thing I’m VERY concerned about is passing this condition onto my children when I’m ready to have kids way down the road. Does anyone have experience with this? I don’t want my future child to suffer the same way I have through childhood. Thanks!

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on December 31, 2017 at 6:44 pm said:

      I’m so glad to hear that! Actually, a large number of people with tics see an improvement when they enter adulthood. And lowering your anxiety will definitely make tics better as well. I’ve heard that medical marijuana has helped a number of other people as well. I’ve never tried it, but it would be interesting to see tests run on this in a medical facility where they track treatments.

      As to passing it to your children, I’ll admit that I think every one of us with tics wonders about this as well. My anxiety is actually worse than my tics, and I’m already on high alert, watching my children for early signs of anxiety. It’s somewhat stressful, but I’m trying to learn as much as I can about my own anxiety to help them learn to manage theirs as they get older.

  • Rayen on December 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm said:

    I’m not sure if I do have tourettes cuz I’ve never mentioned it to a doctor but I do have tics since I was a child, and I realised they get worse when I’m stressed or when I’m alone, or with people I’m supposed to act formally with (embarrassing I know lol). Also smth weird that increases my tics is cold! whenever it gets cold without me even consiously feeling it I start getting tics.

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