Tourette Syndrome is a condition that effects the brain's motor functions. Sufferers will be forced to "Twitch", "Speak Outloud" and can also effect thoughts. People that suffer from Tourette's feel the urge to act-out in some way; most commonly through Twitches and language. The stereotype of Tourette syndrome is that the sufferer will curse for no set reason. This is NOT always the case. Tourette syndrome has a very wide list of problems that can be manifested in many ways. The general public though is not aware of this fact. This makes living with the condition much harder, because people assume that with Tourette Syndrome, comes swearing. So finding acceptance's is hard to find. The best way to describe the feeling of having Tourette's is by comparing it to an itch. Your brain tries sending a message to your body; I.E. the feeling to Twitch your eyes. This feeling does not go away. With an itch you can ignore the feeling and thoughts that come with it, but with Tourette Syndrome, there is no way to turn the message off. So a feeling of pressure and stress builds up until the person just gives in and acts on that thought. Right after that movement is performed, your brain sends yet another signal to Twitch. So the sufferer is left with an ongoing urge to Twitch And/Or Speak Out, that does not go away on it's own. Tourette Syndrome ranges in it's level of "Punishment." Punishment is a term used by sufferers to describe the level of stress they feel. The feeling of Punishment comes from the fact that it is the sufferers own brain that is causing the Punishment. A good way to look at Tourette Syndrome, is that the sufferer has their own thoughts and feelings, but the Tourette's has it's own section of that persons mind. Much in a way that someone with multiple personalties has 2 or more, completely different personalties. The Tourette Syndrome part of the persons mind is like a having a completely different personalty, living along side of their own. These 2 different personalties do not live in harmony, hence the term "Punishment." The level of Punishment can range from a slight level where the sufferer has almost complete control over the Tourette Syndrome. To a level where the person has no control what-so-ever. This level is dibilatating, because the suffer has no control over their own body and basically lives in a state of Living Hell. In recent years more time has been spend studying Tourette Syndrome and from this has come more promising cures. But on average though, the doctor will threat each Symptom, because no medication can treat everything that Tourette Syndrome will put a person through. In the past Electroshock was used in treating Tourette's, with little longterm success. There is a new type of Electroshock treatment in the form of "Deep Brain Stimulation" which has shown far more promise. Where-in an electrode the size of a human hair in slowly driven deep into the brain. After the location is found, slight electrical impulses are pumped into that part of the brain, disrupting the Tourette's signals to the body. The sufferer will have to wear a pacemaker for the rest of their life. If the impulses are stopped, the person will feel the Punishment feelings come back. To date there is no known Complete cure for Tourette Syndrome. But the sufferer can find some peace in working out, meditation, medication, along with other things that can take the persons mind off of their Tourette Syndrome. Some find peace in the thought that while living with Tourette Syndrome, they get to understand the world and it's people from a different prospective. Because they known how a so-called normal person feels and how a person that sufferers from a mental illness feels. Which makes them a far better doctor, therapist, psychologist, and human being, because they understand both sides of reality. In reality though, there is no such thing as a "Normal" person. Every person is different.
Tourette Syndrome is one of the most misunderstood of all mental defects. You should keep this in mind next time you make fun of someone for having Tourette Syndrome. It's our own brain, not our own thoughts, that cause us to act in the way that we do. If we could turn Tourette Syndrome off like a light switch, we would have already done so. Most sufferers would give an arm and a leg just to be able to sit still, while at rest, for the rest of our lives. Tourette Syndrome is like having your body stunned with a Stun Gun every moment of the day.
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