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    Default A new TIC for A day?

    My 9 year old asked me an interesting question. He wonted to know if you could have a new tic for just one day? he said that the other day he had a new hand clapping tic, but that after the initial day, he has not had it since. has this happened to anyone Else? could that have been a tic?

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    Hey Rhonda...yesterday after Dr. McKinlays talk, Leif couldn't stop doing a whistling tic for a few hours. Later in the day it was gone, and we haven't heard it since (thank god). So, I don't know the answer, but it seems to have happened to Leif a few times :P

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    The tourettic brain is like a rolodex. You may come up with a new tic, use it for a day or a week or a month and it may never be heard from again. Or so you think. I've recalled tics from 15 years ago. All of the sudden they just show up. It's like they've been filed away and can be called upon at any time. Sometimes just seeing someone else do something that reminds you of your old tic or hearing something can bring it back. Put it this way. Once your brain creates or discovers a tic it will always be with you.
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    I get new tics all the time, but some of them don't take. It's like tic auditions, and something in my brain is constantly deciding on a final cast.

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    Thanxs for your response, my son has loved reading them.....since I first started this post he has had tons of "tic auditions" I like that expression! It describes it perfectly.

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    I get new ones all the time. I wish I could pick the ones I keep. Typing is almost impossible with my need to tap my pinky fingers as I type. I have to "snap" them if that makes sense. Like you would a thumb to snap only with the ring finger as the other digit. I'd swap that out in a heartbeat!

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    Ottawa, Canada

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    Typing is almost impossible with my need to tap my pinky fingers as I type
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    Welcome to the Forum! Have you been officially diagnosed with Tourette and are you under the care of a physician or specialist with experience in treating people with Tourette Syndrome?

    Yes, Tourette tics vary over time, they come and go, vary in intensity, perhaps due to external stresses or just the normal cycle of waxing and waning. Some tics come and go while others may remain part of your lifelong repertoire.

    The need to tap your pinky may actually be more of a compulsion than a tic, though, and you would probably benefit from being evaluated by your doctor, or even ask to be referred to a psychiatrist, a specialist who is accustomed to treating obsessive compulsive disorder, if in fact that's what the doctor determines the action to be.

    As you may know, OCD is a frequent associated (so called co-morbid) disorder in people with Tourette, and is usually very easily treated.

    Associated disorders like OCD, anxiety, ADD and depression are much more easily treatable than the actual tics of Tourette, so you may be an ideal candidate to ask your doctor about this, and improve the quality of your life.


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