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    Mental Tics as someone with a Tic disorder

    Random nonsense words will enter my mind. Or phrases that repeat themselves over and over for a few minutes.

    I know this isn’t my OCD, because #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder involves intrusive thoughts that are disturbing and anxiety invoking, followed by physical or mental compulsions of some kind.

    With mental tics that are a part of having a tic disorder, the words that run through one’s head are often random or a repetition of something you’ve heard someone else say. This has been my experience anyways.

    The mental tics are never disturbing or anxiety inducing, but rather simply annoying and repetitive. They can be bothersome, yes. But they are not upsetting the way OCD-related intrusive thoughts are for me.

    The mental tics can, however, be disruptive, especially if I’m trying to focus. Tic disorders of any kind are especially common for those who have OCD, ADHD, or Autism. I experience a mixture of all of the above, my neurodivergent brain often in overload.

    I feel mental tics are hardly ever talked about. I’ve read about mental tics anecdotally by other’s with tic disorders or #TouretteSyndrome; it is not an official diagnostic symptom, but a possible additional feature of this type of neurodivergence.

    I share this to continue to educate others about my experience and help those that come across this to feel less alone if they relate.

    Join my Tic disorders & Comorbidities! here on The Mighty as well if you’re interested!

    Do you have mental tics?

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    New Article! Not about tics specifically but wanted to share #ADHD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #Autism #PTSD #TicDisorders #Disability

    How I'm Getting Through My Writer's Residency With Disabilities

    Hope this finds you well. I wrote this article while I was in my residency for my master's! I figured fellow neurodivergent people may relate

    Poll

    I am curious what dx'es you all may have or suspect

    0% ●
    Tic disorder or Tourette's (started in chilhood)
    13% ●
    Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)
    0% ●
    Tardive Dyskinesia (tics / movements caused by antipsychotic
    7% ●
    Restless Legs Syndrome
    13% ●
    Skin picking or hair pulling
    67% ●
    Other
    15 votes
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    ANOTHER UPDATE... neurology appointment today #TardiveDyskinesia #TicDisorders #RestlessLegsSyndrome

    I hope this message finds you all well... and if it doesn't... sending good vibes your way!

    I just got back from a neurology appointment. It turns out I was misdiagnosed with Restless Legs Syndrome (I do not have it, but have been taking unnecessary medication for it) but I DO have a childhood tic disorder that is mostly in remission along with the more bothersome Tardive Dyskinesia.

    TD, for those that don't know, is caused by taking antipsychotic medications for long periods of time. It's relatively rare so if you're on antipsychotics please do not worry-- but I seem to be having symptoms of it.

    Luckily my TD is relatively mild but still bothersome regardless.... I am grateful to have found some answers and that I will be coming off the RLS medication. As for the TD, we are waiting for now on whether or not to add medication for that.

    Does anyone else here have Tardive Dyskinesia?

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    Updates / CHECKING IN

    How is everyone doing?

    I have a personal update: if you haven't noticed, I changed my name and pronouns on here-- so I'll reintroduce myself:

    My name is Kaden and I use he/him or they/them pronouns. I struggle with mental illness and am neurodivergent. I am also overcoming a lot of trauma.

    Thank you for reading! I will also attach the link to my latest article about disability, as it is disability pride month! Do you identify as disabled?

    This Disability Pride Month, I'm Celebrating Being Myself

    LASTLY: How are you tic disorders and comorbidities affecting you lately? I will be seeing a neurologist in a couple weeks (early August) to address my own issues

    #TicDisorders #MentalHealth #Disability #OCD #ADHD #Autism

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    Doing TMS again! But feeling hopeful #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder

    I had a TMS consult today. Will be starting it in August for OCD! And off label C-PTSD as those two disorders are very intertwined for me. I did it for OCD and bipolar depression last year with success. So here’s to hoping it helps again!!

    #MentalHealth #Disability #Anxiety #Autism #ADHD #BipolarDisorder #LearningDisabilities #TicDisorders #AnorexiaNervosa #SensoryProcessingDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Dermatillomania #GenderDysphoria

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    Brownies!

    Baking things with tics can be a challenge and require special tools and extra ingredients. By special tools, I mean things like rubber spoons and plastic bowls. They hurt a lot less when you whack yourself in the head with them compared to wooded or metal spoons and plastic bowls don't shatter like glass. The extra ingredient thing is so when things go flying or get dumped in the wrong place (such as someone's head) you still have enough to finish the recipe. Luckily any mess you make is always cleanable and if you keep your food dog-friendly man's best friend will gladly help you clean up any mess you make. However, this treat of brownies is not dog friendly so don't let them help with this clean-up.

    For more comics check out Ticed Off Adventures website linked below.

    kwillow92.wixsite.com/ticedoffadventures/comics

    #touretteswithoutregrets #tourettesbelike #tourettesitsnotwhatyouthink #touretteswarrior #tourettesyndromeawareness #Tourettes #TouretteSyndrome #TicDisorders

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    Sunshine 🌞

    It's finally starting to warm up outside! Seeds are sprouting flowers are budding and blooming and leaves are on trees! The sun is shining! It's all so beautiful! Hope you all get to enjoy some sunshine and smiles this week!

    What are some of your favorite things to do in the sunshine?

    The artist loves to watch things grow as she draws or crotchets.

    Go to Ticed Off Adventures websites for more comics and characters. Link below

    kwillow92.wixsite.com/ticedoffadventures/comics

    ##ticedoffadventures #TouretteSyndrome #TicDisorders #tics #FunctionalNeurologicalDisorder #sunshine #Comic #Sensoryfriendly

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    Go to foods...

    Sometimes making meals and eating can be difficult due to sensory issues or our tics just making us spit out our food or throw it or other things like smashing it. Things the artist does to help her eat is she eats toast a lot and subs meals with smoothies and nutritional shakes when she has to. Sometimes it's the exhaustion from ticing that just makes you too tired to eat as well, especially from an attack. Sometimes your abdominal tics make you sick and after that, it's hard to force yourself to eat because eating will just make it worse. Other go-to foods are things like cheese sticks or oatmeal or pancakes. She eats gluten-free and low sugar as it helps her feel better but each to their own. What are some of your go-to food for when you really don't have the energy to eat?

    Go to Ticed Off Adventures website for more comics linked below!

    kwillow92.wixsite.com/ticedoffadventures/comics

    #TouretteSyndrome #ticthealien #TicDisorders #SensoryDisorder #SensoryIssues #SensoryProcessignDisorder #Sensoryfriendly #eating

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    #MightyPets #MentalHealth #Trauma #CheckInWithMe

    How is everyone doing? Enjoy my dog post! This is one of my two pups. Her name is Daisy— she is an almost 4 year old corgi!

    I just received an official #Autism diagnosis so I’m processing that. Otherwise life is going well, and I am really overcoming so much when it comes to my traumas in therapy. #CheerMeOn
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    #Bipolar1Disorder #BipolarDepression #TicDisorders #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #EatingDisorders #LearningDisabilities #PTSD