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  • Hello everyone!

    Hi, my name is Adam, I live in a city near minneapolis, MN (in the US) You may wonder why I post on the TSFC forum, and that is I think this forum seems to have a good group of people just trying to figure out this complex yet very unique disorder. Anyways, I was diagnosed with mild tourettes syndrome (although I think its more strong than just a mild case) when I was in I believe 1st or 2nd grade. It was sorta funny cause my pediatrician nevr said anything about TS but my first grade teacher saw me and had a student before who twitched alot that had TS. I have delt with TS and know about it my whole life but it doesnt seem to be easier just because I knew why I teiched or whatever. I got made fun of in school, and I dont even know how many time I used the "its just a happit" or tried to incorperate my tics into my daily routine so people wouldnt stare or be confused. (although it didnt always work) Now, as I enter my 20's, I have noticed changes in my tics but TS is still a major factor in my life. I have come to realize though that it has actually shpaed me to who I am and I think I am more understanding when meeting people with odd or different things than other people. From this, I now say TS isnt a major part of my life, its part of who I am. Anyways thats me, and Im always up for finding out new ideas about TS.
    The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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    Hello everyone!

    Hi again Adam, welcome and thanks for sharing your story. Sadly, many of us have been the object of ridicule by inconsiderate people, particularly in our school years.

    If ther's any consolation, it seems kids will make fun of one another if you happen to have blue yeses, and all the others have brown eyes. Kids often don't understand when someone is different, they are no a threat to them.

    IAC the experience has nmade you a more compassionate person, the silver lining!

    Thanks for your great postings on the TS Forum and I hope you will continue to be a regular contributor and participant in our online community

    Have you thought about the type of career you might like to get into?
    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

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    • #3
      Hello everyone!

      Well, right now I am going to school for architectual drafting but I really think something sales would be best for me. Im just good with that type of work. I could try to incorperate sales and drafting too but right now Im not 100% sure on what exactly I want to do.
      The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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      • #4
        Hello everyone!

        Adam,

        Sales can be a rewarding and enjoyable career if you feel comfortable meeting all kinds of people. I know several people with TS in sales, some with active and obvious tics while others manage to suppress tics while in public.

        I often wonder which is less stressful for the person with TS, the one who suppresses, gets charged up with energy that has to be released at some point, or the one who can just be him/herself in front of people and get the job done.

        Would be interesting to hear comments on both sided of the coin.
        Steve

        Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

        Tourette Canada Homepage
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        • #5
          Hello everyone!

          Steve,

          Yea, Im not sure on who would have less stress. I tend just let the tics go when around people who know what im going through but at other times, I admit I try my best to suppress the tics and of course its always one big burst that comes out later. I think its a different issues between mental stress (or trying to not let people notice you tic) and just the fact that ticing (if thats a word?) is just stressful itself. Many times I find my self talking to my self say "ok, adam, calm down" or other things that make me look like im crazy.
          The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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