Over the past few weeks, I have encountered numerous misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome, and while I’m still learning, I would like to clear a few things up:
- Please stop asking people what is “wrong” with them. Nothing is WRONG about individuals who are different. Nothing is wrong with Jacob; he is perfectly right to me.
- Not everyone with TS shouts out curse words. This form of TS, coprolalia, affects only about 15 percent of the TS population. Individuals with coprolalia are just like everyone else with TS, they cannot always control their tics and they get bothered by your words more than you get bothered by theirs.
- No matter what you do, strive to be the best.
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I’ve got another one: Not all kids with TS and other disorders will have them for their whole lives, and many of them will lead completely normal, productive lives just like the rest of us!