My name is Steph and I'm a new member here! I'm 16 and have recently been diagnosed with mild tourettes. Now I know that all of you with full tourettes have it much worse than me, but I'm still finding it really hard to cope with.
You see, I play basketball at an elite level, and so there is a huge stress factor there with pressure, intensity, and nervousness. And of course, when I am stressed or nervous my tics are much worse. I even have a gag reflex tic, and because of it my body thinks that I am nauseous all the time. Since I am nauseous I don't eat well, and can't perform as well. I also cannot help but blink repeatedly or stretch my neck akwardly while I am playing. My impulsive behaviours caused by tourettes cause me to impulsively yell at refs when they make a call I don't agree with, or get upset and foul someone hard when they aren't being respectful or something else that makes me mad.
I know that I can't use the tourettes as an excuse for these behaviours, and I am managing the impulsive ones, but I am really struggling with managing the tics. I need some tips on things I can do that will help relieve the stress before I play, or even while I am playing that will help me to be less stressed out, and therefor have less tics and be able to carry on normally without nausea etc.
I'm not sure if this post is in the wrong place, even though it was sort of to introduce myself or whatever, but please help me! Not many people know about my tourettes, just some select few team mates, and my coach. My coach wants to do whatever she can to help me so that I can reach my full potential in basketball without having to deal with these things too much.
Any advice at all is welcome, no matter how helpful/unhelpful you think it might be! Thanks so much!