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    Palilalia is defined as involuntary repetition of words or sentences in talking, and is often associated with Tourette's Syndrome as a complex tic.

    In my case, I often end up with a handful of words or phrases which I compulsively repeat or say -- sometimes they occur in every other sentence I say, sometimes they're an automatic response to certain triggers and sometimes they're just out of the blue.

    I've had this compulsive behavior my entire life, but I hadn't identified it as a tic, or anything particularly unusual, until recently.

    It can be annoying to me, and it drove my fianc?e nuts until she was able to get used to it. :P

    Anyone else have similar experiences?
    Colin

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    I sometimes repeat things but Im not sure if it is a tic or what. I love listening to stand up comedians and I repeat alot of what they say but is that a tic or is it normal to repeat a joke right after you hear it?
    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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    Adam do you repeat it to yourself or do you repeat it to others? I remember being younger and hearing how to spell "F..." for the first time. I also remember repeating it over and over and over again ie the spelling that is. I got in trouble for it but did not even realize I was repeating it. Now that hindsight is 20/20, I often wonder where that came from? was it normal to repeat to remember or was it a need back then to just repeat and repeat...
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    No, I guess I dont do it a ton when other people are around and its not always loud like im speaking to someone. I dont really know if its a tic. I dont even notice it and I just thought about it when this thread opened up.
    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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    i have done this but not alot that it becomes a problem,i do repeat my own words and others but i do it under my breath,sometimes my husband has asked me why am i talking to myself,sometimes my kids ask,"what are you saying mummy?"
    but i dont do it out loud,i find that accents fascinate me so if i hear a certain word that is said in a new way i will become fascinated by it and will repeat it over and over until i am bored with it,sometimes i repeat sentences over and over ,but again,under my breath,very quietly so usually no one can hear me

    i just thought everyone does this from time to time dont they ?
    jo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight
    accents fascinate me so if i hear a certain word that is said in a new way i will become fascinated by it and will repeat it over and over until i am bored with it,sometimes i repeat sentences over and over ,but again,under my breath,very quietly so usually no one can hear me
    I do it aloud. I try to constrain myself if it's likely to offend someone though...
    Colin

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    What about music in your mind's ear?

    Do you sometimes get stuck on a melody which repeats over and over, and instead of humming or singing the song you grind your teeth to the notes or tap or flick fingers?

    Steve

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    i know that i sometimes make a noise by humming and touching my teeth together so it makes a kind of humming sound through the vibrations of my teeth,if you do this then you will know what i mean,i cant explain it,i hate it but i have to do it.it is almost as annoying as fingers down the blackboard,ewwww :evil:
    jo

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    humming and touching my teeth together so it makes a kind of humming sound through the vibrations of my teeth
    That sounds familiar and you described it very well!

    Do you repeat actual phrases or words, Midnight? In what circumstances?

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    My friend's son who is not 6 yet is not diagnosed with anything but has an older brother who has Tourette plus has been saying "coca-coca-coca cola" and repeatedly doing this. His mom said to me she thinks it's a vocal tic... his dad says he's just doing it. :roll: His mom thinks it's funny and probably TS while his dad thinks it's normal :? So they are all going to conference this year :D
    Janet, mom of 4

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