IamA person with sever tourette syndrome AMA
Q. Do all people with tourettes swear?
A. No the disorder for swearing and saying inappropriate things is called Coprolalia. Only 10% of people with TS have coprolalia, I am one of those 10%
Q. Is tourettes involuntary?
A. Kind of, its disvoluntary, meaning I don't choose to tic, however I SOMETIMES can stop it. Controlling tics causes TS patients either pain or discomfort, and eventually does need a release, there's a build up of pressure similar to holding in gas. Some people with TS can control it all day, some people with TS get breaks from their employer to tic for 5 minutes away from customers, and come back to work, I can only safely control it for less than 10 minutes.
Q. Can you joke about it?
A. Sometimes. Sometimes my tics surprise me, and make me laugh. Sometimes the reactions are pretty golden. Personally I don't remember ever laughing when I was away from people who knew me, because the reactions of strangers towards me is a lot different when they see people next to me acting totally normal. When I'm with friends strangers act less afraid of me, and they don't make fun of me. I get made fun of by teens a lot when I'm alone, and sometimes even adults!
EDIT: I've been answering questions for hours, I have a request for anyone artistic that reads this. Can you help me design a nice shirt that explains my situation? Pm me if so, might not see it here
EDIT2: People who want to spam I'm trying to do a job here, just fuck off and quit wasting my time, or at least say something clever
EDIT3: holy shit its been 7 hours of non stop answering questions, jesus, glad it died down a bit. If I didn't answer you its probably because I lost you on a reload, feel free to try again. [Also more proof I have TS! This guy knew me](https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/8yj4fv/iama_person_with_sever_tourette_syndrome_ama/e2bozz0)