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Stop the stigma

Good advice in general, but especially when it has become common to cite not always well understood disorders in joking. If someone isn’t struggling with obsessions and compulsions for hours a day they are not “so OCD”, a person who… Continue Reading

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms, Causes and Effects

EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post originally appeared on www.psychguides.com. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that generally causes extreme discomfort. Sufferers are often riddled with persistent and recurrent impulses, thoughts and images that are unwanted. According to the National… Continue Reading

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Pioneering the first Tim Howard NJCTS Leadership Academy

Words cannot express how grateful I am to Tim Howard, Melissa Fowler and everyone at the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) for my daughter Hallie being given the opportunity to participate in the Tim Howard NJCTS… Continue Reading

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52 Weeks of TS: Week 7

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesdays over the next year, noted Tourette Syndrome advocate Troye Evers will share his “52 Weeks of TS” blog journal with the TSParentsOnline community. In cased you missed the first 6 weeks, you can read them here. For… Continue Reading

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Where tics and compulsions meet: TS plus OCD

Ken Shyminsky, a former vice president of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, draws upon his personal experiences as an teacher and student with Tourette Syndrome to help children with TS and related disorders. He… Continue Reading

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Conditional Corner: The end of an OCD era

Conditional Corner is a series that runs Fridays on TSParentsOnline. All stories, including this one by Vrinda Pendred, were originally published at Conditional Publications. When I was 11, my father went on holiday to Mexico City and brought back too… Continue Reading

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Without support, our son wouldn’t be getting freed from his tics

I was overwhelmed by the well-wishes and show of support from fellow parents of kids with TS who wrote on my last blog. In addition, the insight from those before us who have navigated this winding road of psychiatric care… Continue Reading

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What causes rage episodes?

The following is the second in a three-part series first published on the blog of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. Read the first part here. Some people with Tourette Syndrome+ experience rage episodes or neurological storms. While it may… Continue Reading

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The “Twinkle Twinkle” tic exercise

Here is a good exercise for illustrating some of the difficulties that people with Tourette Syndrome have even when it might not look like their tics are “that bad.” “Twinkle, Twinkle” provides the opportunity for others to “Try It On”… Continue Reading