What is the first thing you think of when someone says the word Tourette’s?
Swearing and insulting people out loud?
How many times do I hear?
“I would love a friend with Tourette’s it would be hilarious”
“I wish I had Tourette’s, I could tell people what I really thought and get away with it”
“Oh you’ve got Tourette’s!? Don’t worry it’s like I’ve got Tourette’s most of the time”
These 3 sentences are my most hated sentences. Why? Because it shows a distinct lack of awareness, it shows me that the general public think they know what Tourette’s is but have no idea of the scale it impacts a life.
The last sentence is always followed by a proceeding onslaught of bad language in general conversation and can be in front of a child suffering with Tourette’s.
So you think it is a rare condition?
You think a person with Tourette’s constantly twitches and has outbursts filled with obscenities?
Where is this information you hold obtained from? Could it possibly be a source like TV.
If any of the above is true please bundle it up and erase it from your “knower”.