What tourettes syndrome really is...
Everybody thinks that Tourette's syndrome is just people getting angry for no reason and shouting out swear words.
But guess what? It's not. Not at all.
Tourette's syndrome is a mental disorder, usually diagnosed in an individual before their eighteenth birthday. It consists of uncontrollable motor movements and muscle spasms/jerks. The most common symptoms of Tourette's syndrome are eye blinking, clearing of the throat, sniffing, and small things like that. They can include spasms of the limbs as well.
Only 10% of all people affected by Tourette's have problems with shouting obscenities or making profane gestures. And even for those few rare cases, it's not out of "rage" at all. It's simply because they can't control it. It's like breathing. You can't control it, it's not your fault, and there is absolutely nothing you can do.
Everybody makes fun of Tourette's as f it's optional. Like its some kind of anger issue or something. Because thats the way Hollywood and film and TV have made it out to be, and people, though I'm sure they aren't trying to be hurtful, make jokes about the rare group of people afflicted who shout profanity against their own will.
Don't believe me? Im fourteen years old and I have Tourette's. I'm constantly picked on and made fun of and told I have anger issues even though never in my life have I shouted one profanity. I blink my eyes, clear my throat, lick my lips until they're raw and I have a rash all over my mouth, and scrunch up my nose as well as making over facial contortions.
I want everybody to be aware of what this really is. I want people to understand what this really is, and I want to end all the bullying and prejudice about Tourette's syndrome.
And that's exactly what I'm going to do.