Tourette’s Syndrome

Living with Tourettes: My Son’s Surprising Diagnosis

Six months back, a friend asked my husband and me if we thought our son “Dude” might have Tourettes Syndrome.  I reacted like someone had just stabbed me in the gut.  What an extreme evaluation of my kid.  He didn’t have THAT.  Only people who scream and swear have Tourettes.  He just had minor ticks.  I changed the subject and tried not to act offended.  We were offended.  And incredibly defensive internally. Today, I’m sitting here Googling videos on kids with Tourettes because our little man has Tourettes. There, I said it.   After an evolution of research and therapy and appointments with the best of the best, it’s clear.  Not a day goes by without a tick surfacing and many have become complex ticks, meaning more than one in...