Teen Ink: Life with Tourette's Syndrome

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Imagine being unable to control your body or the words coming out of your mouth. There are people in the world dealing with Tourette's Syndrome(TS) that have to deal with being unable to control the words or movements they produce. Tourette's Syndrome is a disorder that can sometimes cause tics, the random body movements and words, at any given time. These people also have to deal with the agony of stares and name calling from the people around them.

Today's Teen Ink article is about Lynsey and her experience with TS. It is also her plead to society about letting her and others with Tourtette's Syndrome live a happy and normal life.


People stare when I walk by. I ­pretend not to notice. It's not their fault; they don't know I can't stop. Can't stop ticcing.

When I was 11 years old, 16 letters changed the way I live my life forever: Tourette syndrome. Now, four years later, I am still suffering from that fateful diagnosis. Tourette syndrome, or as I fondly call it, TS, is a neurological disorder that affects the brain. It causes a person to have tics, which are uncontrollable vocal sounds or motor movements. I have both.

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