Vocal and/or motor tics seem to often co-occur with ASD, ADHD and OCD, either within the same individual and/or within the same family, so there seems to be a strong genetic component to one’s susceptibility to developing tics.

“I have tics, I see it as a reaction to a feeling in the body. I need to restore the balance. My tics appear so quickly that if someone wants me to suppress them they have to be quick as lightning. But I usually feel when they are about to occur and can at best stop them for a while or redirect the energy into something else.

“I can also get ‘stuck’ in something, e.g. tapping a pen on my desk, repeat a series of figures over and over etc. I see that more as a compulsion because I can stop if asked, even if it doesn’t feel good to do so.”

– Paula, adult with Tourette/ADHD from Sweden

Besides being a side-effect of some medication, some say that tics can be induced by environmental triggers and diet.

“Many individuals have found that proper evaluation and treatment of underlying allergic disease, along with dietary and environmental controls (lifestyle changes) gave significant and sometimes profound relief of TS symptoms.”

Tourette Syndrome – The Allergy/Environmental Connection

“Many parents report that the Feingold diet consistently improves or controls Tourette Syndrome. We are still waiting for the research to show WHY this happens.”

Diet & Movement Disorders, Tics, Tourette Syndrome

Some only have tics under stress.

“I get tics in my jaw when I am stressed. They are a nervous reaction. A tic is an involuntary response, like a heartbeat.  On the rare occasions when mine appears (times of extreme stress), there is very little I can do to control it except to try and calm down.”

– Tom, Aspie from USA

People with tics or Tourette Syndrome are often gifted, bright, fun and original. If you enjoy stimulating company, a person with tics and/or ADHD might be the perfect companion.


1 Comment »

  1. Jon Arrandale said,

    My tics are most often reactions to sensory stimuli & consist of shudders, sharp exhalations of air & whatever words are in my ‘tic vocabulary’. Mostly they are subtle. I get a nervous excitement in my belly every time I go to a supermarket. I choose the quietest supermarket, with the easiest lighting, which also happens to be the most expensive.

    Jon, Aspie UK

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