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Turning Down the Volume: Managing Sound Sensitivity in Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Jun 11, 2024

Hi, I’m Darren, your Tics Coach. Today, I want to address a common issue that many of us with tics and Tourette Syndrome experience: sensitivity to sound. This sensitivity can amplify our symptoms and make daily interactions challenging. Understanding and managing this aspect can significantly improve our quality of life.

Navigating Sound Sensitivity

For those of us with heightened sensitivity to sound, everyday noises like a phone ringing, someone clapping, or the buzz of a refrigerator can trigger or worsen tics. This hypersensitivity is not just about being easily startled; it’s a continuous challenge that can lead to anxiety and increased tic activity.

Why Sound Matters

Sound plays a crucial role in how we interact with our environment. For those with Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders, certain sounds can act as triggers, immediately setting off a tic response. This reaction isn't just bothersome—it can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining.

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Finding Focus and Calm: How Fidget Toys Can Help Manage Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Jun 06, 2024

Hi, I’m Darren, your Tics Coach. In our continuous search for helpful strategies to manage tics and Tourette Syndrome, today I want to spotlight a tool that might seem simple but has proven incredibly effective for many: fidget toys.

Living with tics and Tourette Syndrome often means finding ways to redirect the energy and impulses that come with these conditions. Fidget toys, those small objects designed to be twisted, pulled, or spun, can play a significant role in this process.

Why Fidget Toys?

Fidget toys work by providing a sensory experience that can distract from or satisfy the urge to tic. For many individuals, including myself, these toys provide a way to release nervous energy in a controlled and harmless manner. They are especially useful in situations where tics might be disruptive or embarrassing, like in classrooms, meetings, or social settings.

Types of Fidget Toys That Help

There are various types of fidget toys available, each offering different sensory...

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Eli's Garden: Growing Acceptance for Tics

May 29, 2024

I love this short parable on healing tics.

“Once in a quiet village surrounded by gentle hills, there was a boy named Eli who felt a little different. He had a tic, a small, sudden movement that he couldn’t control, which made him feel alone and sometimes sad. Instead of playing outside, Eli often stayed at home.

One sunny day, Eli found an old garden at the edge of his village. It was overgrown and forgotten, but Eli saw something special in it. He decided to clean it up and bring it back to life.

Every morning, Eli worked in the garden. He pulled weeds and planted new seeds. His tic made the work hard sometimes, but he kept going. Slowly, the garden started to change. Flowers bloomed, and the whole place began to look beautiful.

As the garden grew, Eli began to feel different too. He realized the flowers didn’t care about his tic; they grew strong and bright no matter what. Working in the garden helped Eli feel better about himself. He found a peaceful place...

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The Role of Supplements and Vitamins in Tics & Tourette Syndrome Care

May 15, 2024

Navigating life with tics and Tourette Syndrome involves various challenges, from managing sudden motor tics to addressing the vocal tics that often accompany this neurological disorder. Over the years, I've discovered that, alongside behavioral therapies and medications, certain dietary supplements and vitamins can play a crucial role in managing symptoms.

The Role of Supplements and Vitamins

From my own experience and from what I’ve learned in my practice, adding specific supplements and vitamins to your diet can help alleviate the frequency and severity of tics. Here’s a breakdown of some key nutrients that have been supportive in my journey and those of my clients:

1. Magnesium - Often referred to as the calming mineral, magnesium can help relax the nervous system and has been shown to reduce the severity of tics. I personally noticed a significant improvement in my motor tics after incorporating magnesium-rich foods and supplements into my diet.

2. Vitamin B6 - This...

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How a Weighted Blanket Can Transform Your Anxiety Management Routine

May 06, 2024

Hi, I’m Darren, your Tics Coach. As someone who has explored numerous methods to help manage not just tics but also anxiety, today I want to dive into a topic that has significantly impacted my own life and the lives of those I coach: the benefits of using weighted blankets for anxiety management.

Anxiety can be an overwhelming companion, manifesting in both the mind and body in ways that can be difficult to manage. Like many, my battle with anxiety has been ongoing, but I’ve found genuine relief in a rather simple yet effective tool—a weighted blanket.

The first time I tried a weighted blanket was during a particularly stressful week. Despite my initial skepticism, the comfort and calm it brought were undeniable. The gentle, firm pressure of the blanket mimics a therapeutic technique known as deep pressure stimulation, which has been shown to help reduce anxiety by increasing serotonin and melatonin levels and decreasing cortisol levels.

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Can Essential Oils Help with Tics?

May 02, 2024

Over the years, I’ve explored various strategies to help manage tics, especially for those of us navigating the complexities of Tourette Syndrome. Today, I’d love to share how essential oils have become a key part of my toolkit, offering not just relief, but also a delightful sensory experience.

Living with tics is like having an unpredictable companion who occasionally takes the reins. Whether it’s involuntary motor movements or unexpected vocal sounds, tics can disrupt life in unexpected ways. My journey with tics began in childhood, and finding ways to coexist peacefully with them has been my mission ever since.

My first encounter with essential oils was at a wellness workshop that promised natural solutions for everyday health challenges. Skeptical but curious, I ventured into what I now consider one of the most transformative experiences of my life.

Through trial, research, and plenty of patience, I discovered three essential oils that significantly eased my...

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Your Tic or Tourette’s is an Emotional Compass

Apr 26, 2024

 Key Takeaways:

  • Motor Tics as Signals
  • Self-Awareness and Healing
  • Shift in Perspective

Now, you might be thinking, "How can a motor tic possibly be a compass?" Trust me, I used to think the same thing. But hear me out. Think of your motor tic as a signal—a signal that something isn't quite right in your environment, your thoughts, or your emotions. It's like an internal alarm system, guiding you to pay attention to what's happening within and around you.

I've found that tuning into my motor tic patterns has been instrumental in my healing process. By becoming more aware of when I tic more or less, I've gained valuable insights into my own inner workings. You see, motor tics are often just a symptom of deeper issues bubbling beneath the surface—issues that we may have been ignoring or suppressing for years.

In my case, I discovered that my motor tics were closely tied to my emotional state. The more I pushed down my feelings or avoided confronting difficult...

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Tics are Words that Have Gotten STUCK

Apr 23, 2024

 Key Takeaways:

  • The Mind-Body Connection

  • Authentic Self-Expression as Healing

  • Courage in Self-Discovery

On this writings, I'm passionate about sharing what I've learned and how I overcame my struggles. Today, I want to delve into a topic that's close to my heart: emotions and how they manifest in our bodies.

Recently, I had the joy of spending time with my nieces after nine months apart. Observing their interactions with the world around them was eye-opening. I noticed moments when they freely expressed themselves and others when they held back, their minds racing with unspoken thoughts and desires.

One particular instance stood out to me. My niece was engrossed in watching television when my mom and I unintentionally distracted her. I could sense her internal struggle to express her desire to be left alone to enjoy her show. Her body language spoke volumes—squirming, fidgeting—as she grappled with the urge to communicate her needs.

This observation got...

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Record Yourself Ticcing, WHYYY?!

Mar 22, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Avoiding facing tics increased their shame/mystery; hiding didn't help
  • Viewing video with self-compassion built acceptance of this long-rejected part   
  • Facing discomfort brought unexpected healing after years fruitless fighting

As someone who has struggled with constant, embarrassing motor tics for over 20 years, the idea of videotaping my tics and watching them back fills me with dread. Like many dealing with Tourette's, I tend to avoid facing just how uncontrollable and pervasive my tics are on a daily basis. Out of sight, out of mind has been my coping mechanism.

But recently, I've realized that hiding from my tics has only increased my shame and isolation over the years. The more I pretend they aren't there, the more power and mystery they hold over me. I've decided it's finally time to turn towards this longtime foe with self-compassion as my tool.

So I set up my phone's camera, took a few deep breaths to calm my anxiety, and hit record....

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Life So Stressful - Tic Help

Mar 16, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Integration of Practices into Daily Life
  • The Power of Breath
  • The Continuous Journey Towards Peace

Today, I wanted to share something that touches on a common thread among many of us dealing with motor tics, chronic tics, or Tourette's. It's about the profound impact of our mindset and lifestyle on our condition and the real, tangible possibility of healing.

I received an email recently from a student of my course that struck a chord with me, and I believe her experiences and questions will resonate with many of you. She's been applying the techniques I share—finding peace and calm through yoga, meditation, and physical activity. Yet, she finds herself grappling with the resurgence of stress and, consequently, her facial tics, once the tranquility from those practices fades in the face of daily life's demands.

Her struggle is a vivid illustration of a challenge many of us face: maintaining a state of inner peace amidst the chaos of daily responsibilities and...

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