Over the years many people have made big changes in the opinion and understanding of Tourette Syndrome, we have felt more comfortable out in public and less embarrassed about our tic’s.
There is still some stigma, lack of understanding and at times confrontation.
I keep in touch with many of my friends round the country who also live with Tourette Syndrome and we have discussed the current situations around the world and in our own towns and cities and we are worried.
why are we worried?
if you know anything about Tourette’s you will know about 10% of us have coprolalia (involuntary use of obscene language) as tics.
normally if I had a tic that was offensive it could be explained and although someone might still be offended, they would accept I have Tourette’s. Under the current climate and this goes back to Brexit people are less accepting of our tic’s and confrontation becomes more frequent.
Now imagine how any tics involving race would be received at the moment.
We are not racist; our tics are not racist, but the words are racist words. We do not want to say these words and the harder we try quite often we will say them more often and louder.
This is a neurological disorder not racism or hate we need people to remember this and understand this if you happen to come across someone with Tourette Syndrome.