Hello, I think I might have tourette's. Just need some advice though. I can remember having shudder in class when I was 18 but just thought it was a habbit I couldn't break. Anyways now (24) I have vocal outbursts. I feel a ball of stress inside or jittery fire in the back of my legs and it feels so good to just let it out in a yell/phrase or something. Anyways I only indulge in this when I'm alone or it slips out when I'm with people I'm comfortable with like my mom or sister or girlfriend. But I always hide it by starting singing or saying I just stubbed my toe or something. They usually think i'm just trying to startle them otherwise. I thought it was just a bad habbit I couldn't kill because I can always tell a second before their coming and they're always associated with some embarrasing thought that pops into my head so this all seems kind of normal to me. Also very associated with stress especially social stress. So maybe I am just a little weaker in controlling my response to stress than other people. Once in a while something will pop out quietly on the bus in public but I just pretend I'm singing or something. At work the most I'll indulge in is a facial expression. When I'm home alone and stressed/tired I can really get going though. And finally I pick my gums to the point of doing some damage. This is really embarassing and I hide it from everyone but can't stop, only slow down. Anyways my point is this hassn't really messed up my life or anything and seems mild compared to stories I hear. Still I'd love to stop picking my gums and get rid of this anxiety that causes these outburts. Anyways just getting this off my chest and wondering what it sounds like to you or what I should do. I've read the descrption of tourette's in the last few days and think this is me, but I don't want to waste a doctors time with somthing that may be just hypochondriac or not even help me that much to diagnose when there are people with the severe stuff out there. But might feel good to diagnose. Anyways I think it might be tourette's let me know. Man thanks for listening!