I was inspired to log in following months of absence after hearing enough from adults with Tourette Syndrome who think their TS is the same or as easy to manage as others. I never jumped into medicating my son, so when I hear others bragging about not being on medication, it is bothersome.
The fact is that Tourette is very individual-based. It varies in tics, disorders and severity. There are plenty of moms who can relate to the common factors associated with TS, but each of our children are unique in some ways.
There are those who do not struggle academically and those who have great challenges. It took many years to fit the pieces to the puzzle, but before then my son struggled a great deal academically and socially. It was out of necessity that we resorted to medications, not because we had nothing better to do.
It is great that individuals with TS can be successful in society without medication, but it is wrong for anyone to assume they know what is best for others based on their own personal experiences. No one knows my son more than I do, and my son knows himself more than others with TS.
My son cannot easily function in a classroom or be in large crowds without the help of medication. It took many years to find a combination that helped take the edge off of his disorders, which in turn has alleviated the more complex tics he had before. His tics are mild, but I would have never medicated for just tics unless my son benefitted.
It is not supportive when others judge and assume medication is a crutch. Some individuals with TS or their parents should consider that they do not know me or my son and it is best to keep their expertise to themselves. It would be great if my son never had to take medications, but it is just not an option so far.
If in the future my son feels he does not need medication, I hope he is correct. For now, I will do what is best for my son. My son feels his medication helps relieve some of his challenges and has been clear he prefers medication over none. My son and I are not weak for using medication.
In a “perfect” world my son would not need the help of medications and in our not quite “perfect” world, we are glad to have the option. I will not assume I know what is best for others and appreciate the same in return!