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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone who has Tourette Syndrome: No. 9

What are some things you shouldn’t say to a person when they tell you they have Tourette’s? For starters don’t say “Man! That’s so awesome! You can swear all the time and get away with it! I wish I had that!” What are other things you think people shouldn’t say?

This blog is going to start a top-10 countdown of the things you just shouldn’t say to someone who has TS. So what would you say in response to this comment from another person who you have told that you or your child had Tourette’s?

Counting down toward No. 1, here’s No. 9:

I have this eye twitch when I get stressed, so I know exactly what you’re going through.

From Jenn, a mother of two children with Tourette’s:

Really? All day every day for weeks months and years? Wow. You may want to get that checked out (depending on how long they have it). If it’s not something serious then politely change the topic. Some people don’t realize how they come across. My friend’s daughter says things like this ALL the time… some days my daughter cries… other days she will laugh.

Look for No. 8 tomorrow. And in case you missed No. 10, read it here.

RuthieP

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