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The Tic Parade is a library or encyclopedia of Tourette tics in which each tic is described by the person who experiences or observes that tic.

Some tics are preceded by an urge or sensation in the affected muscle group, commonly called a premonitory urge. Some with TS will describe a need to complete a tic in a certain way or a certain number of times in order to relieve the urge or decrease the sensation.

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Coprolalia - Involuntary utterances of obscene or inappropriate statements or words

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Slow Movement Tics?

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  • Slow Movement Tics?

    Can motor tics be slow movements instead of the typical sudden rapid movements? There are a couple of things that I do that I think are tics because they're not under my control, but they're slow. One is my head will slowly flop flop forward until my chin is on my chest and get stuck there for a second. The other is what I call my falling tic. I'll lift one foot up and slowly tip over to the side. I haven't fallen yet, but I've come very close and I've hit a wall and had to grab things to steady myself. Could these be tics or are they something else?

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    Re: Slow Movement Tics?

    Originally posted by ImeldaJK View Post
    Can motor tics be slow movements instead of the typical sudden rapid movements?
    Tics may not always be rapid recurring movements, and an be slow, deliberate movements that need to feel just right. Some Tourette specialists refer to "sensory tics" that border on compulsions, that are performed until they feel "just right".

    Tics and compulsions have a close relationship in a Tourette diagnosis, so it may not be unusual for a particular symptom to be on the borderline.

    TS, OCD, ADHD: Closer Together Than We Thought!
    Steve
    TouretteLinks Forum

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      Re: Slow Movement Tics?

      Originally posted by Steve View Post
      Tics may not always be rapid recurring movements, and an be slow, deliberate movements that need to feel just right. Some Tourette specialists refer to "sensory tics" that border on compulsions, that are performed until they feel "just right".
      I definitely have some sensory tics that I have to repeat over and over until it feels like I'm done. And then I have some vocal tics that I have to do a specific number of times. But the slow moving tics I described aren't ones that have to feel right, they're just ones that happen. But it's good to know that tics don't have to be rapid movements.

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        Re: Slow Movement Tics?

        Also, tics can be dystonic movements.

        From Tonic, Clonic or Dystonic | Touretteshero

        "Clonic tics are sudden jerks of a muscle or limb.

        Tonic tics are tensing of muscles.

        Dystonic tics are relatively slow and last a little while. They can include twisting, pulling, or squeezing movements and often result in briefly maintained abnormal postures."

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