My Life With Tourette Syndrome

My Life With Tourette Syndrome


This is Pete. He has a problem that maybe you’ve heard about or seen, and which you’ll probably find funny, annoying or creepy. He has Tourette’s syndrome. He’s not ashamed of it – he’s got used to it. Pete wants to tell you how he found a way to turn his condition to his advantage rather than accept it was a problem.

He was an absolutely normal kid until one morning when he woke up and felt the urge to twitch his head for no reason. And then do it one more time. And again. He was standing in the center of his bedroom doing strange movements, and he couldn’t control it. Okay, he thought, maybe it’s some muscular spasm and it will pass. It didn’t pass even after several days. What was even worse was that he had a couple of other symptoms. Like raising his hands and winking. And the worst thing was that he wanted to squeak like a pig, like this *squeak*, from time to time, and he didn’t understand why. Of course, all this became pretty noticeable, and he went to see his parents feeling pretty stressed. They took him to the doctor at once, and that’s where he was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome.

Pete had never heard of it before, and he was certain that if he had seen someone else with these symptoms he would have laughed or been disgusted. And now he had to go to school and explain that this was how he would behave for the time being. He was only ten at the time. He still remembers what it felt like standing among his classmates and saying he had a condition, how embarrassing it felt to constantly move, and his classmates laughing at his every single tic. Sure, it certainly looked like he was having fun, but really, it’s not pleasant or entertaining at all! When he tried to explain that no one actually understood his problem, everyone just thought that it was Pete’s weird way of expressing himself.

And that’s how he became isolated from everyone. No one wanted to be around him anymore; and the teachers didn’t even try to give him any support. Even worse, Pete remembers how once his teacher became irritated by his winking – she thought he was just making faces, and put him at the back of the room away from everyone else. There he remained, isolated both physically and psychologically.

Pete got to know some other guys with Tourette’s. He thought that he wouldn’t feel so lonely if he got to know other people with the same problem. Unfortunately, Tourette’s is tricky, because when you see other people’s tics, your own tics become worse. And even if a situation like this looks comical in a way, all these tics can be very tiring and debilitating. So Pete came away from these meetings feeling really exhausted, and tried to avoid other Tourette’s sufferers from then on. In the meantime, the situation with his tics was getting worse – more movements appeared, as did more sounds, even abusive language, and in the end he reached his mid-teens looking like a foul-mouthed perpetual motion machine in deep depression.

At that time, Pete was browsing a lot on the web, because online no one was disturbed by his tics. One day, he came across a video of a Tourette’s guy who was singing on “The Voice”, and Pete was amazed to see that he performed flawlessly and beautifully, without a single twitch. It was then that he had the idea that maybe he could give it a try himself, and he even knew what he could do. Pete he’d always been quick-witted and had a good sense of humor, so he thought that he could maybe try a couple of times to do stand-up comedy pieces for a small audience, just to get him out of his house a bit.

Pete immediately sat himself down to write punchlines, and the ones he came up with made even him laugh. It was so exciting that he completely forgot his depressed state – he was just so drawn into the process. The thing was that his Tourette’s tics could be pretty amusing if he looked at them from an outsider’s perspective, and combined with his comic monologue, the effect was hilarious. And what he wanted to tell people was that having his condition was not a stigma; he wasn’t an idiot or anything, he was just a regular guy.

Pete performed his first show surrounded by Tourette’s patients. The effect was even better than he had expected. He got a standing ovation, which was a bit undeserved in his view, but still pleasant. What’s more, Pete learned that he really could control his tics better when he was on stage. He went to the local open mic comic club and performed in front of the locals, who first were taken aback by his strange behavior but by the end of the performance were laughing their heads off. And the most important part was that they were laughing not at him, but with him.

He’s now taken his comedy outside the club, and everywhere his audiences like him a lot, while Pete himself feels a lot better – more in control and not so lonely anymore.

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    • Dank People says:

      Suck dick and ass again

    • IlTech lI says:

      Ey…666 Likes!

    • Growing animator Growtorlee says:

      It’s funny but it’s not like I’m just gonna make fun of you

    • JIRAH Sebastian says:

      Good Day. I wanted to share my story and I hope you would consider making a video for it. I will appreciate it very much.

      Hi, I’m Jirah, I’m 16 years old turning 17. I was a cheerful and lively girl until my Dad died because of cancer, it felt like the end of the world for me. Our family suffered a lot but we don’t blame him because no one wanted it to happen. It’s been almost two years since he passed away, since then I became even more moody, silent, I had quite a temper and I became sensitive. I thought that maybe this is just because of school and financial crisis my family has, my Dad was the only one who had a job, my mom didn’t have a chance to go to college when she was younger, she only knows how to repair clothes and skills requiring the sewing machine, that’s where we get our income, it doesn’t cover our expenses that much. As time passed, I realized that it can’t be the only reason why I’m sad, because the sadness keeps coming back over and over again for a whole year, I would sometimes be happy for a second and then the next I would be sad again. Every night I would cry myself to sleep praying for things to get better. ‘Til now I still don’t know what to do, I try to hide it as much as I could, I wouldn’t want my family to worry about me, I tried to distract myself but somehow these distractions made me feel even more empty. I feel like there’s something missing, I feel incomplete.

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  2. Skyler Sy says:

    I wouldn’t care I don’t get annoyed or anything but just don’t listen to the people who hate

  3. Gabby plays says:

    I have been diagnosed with tics about a month ago. I have mainly facial tics and sometimes at night I have leg spassams

  4. Gaming Ender Dragon221 says:

    My Tourette’s started almost the same as yours, thank god I don’t have many vocal tics though, my only vocal tics are clearing my throat and
    Whistling sometimes, but it’s my motor tics that are bad, I throw my head back, hold my breath till I almost faint, shoot finger guns at people, shrug my shoulders aggressively, wink, twitch my nose side to side, throw my head sideways, rub my nose all the time for no reason, and a lot more, it’s exhausting, but luckily my school is very supportive of it, no one bullies me, makes fun of me, or hardly ever talks about it, I’m lucky to have so much support, and if anyone else in the comments has Tourette’s or a tic disorder please comment on this 🙂

    • Molly Jean says:

      Dank People — how is it disgusting!

    • Molly Jean says:

      Ryan- eye- tis — you don’t just have motor Tourette’s. It’s either you don’t have it or you do. A person with Tourette’s has AT LEAST one vocal tic and two motor tics. You can’t have one or the other. So pick.
      Do you have Tourette’s and you don’t understand it properly (very unlikely)
      Or do you not have Tourette’s and you just faked it.

      Edit: go to a doctor, you might have a different condition that makes you tic.

    • Molly Jean says:

      Kyla Kaae — how old are you? Maybe talk with your parents about it then see a doctor. They will be able to tell you why you do that.
      I hope you find out soon!♥️

    • Pegah Naghibi says:

      Ur disgusting actually. U shouldn’t just judge ppl for disorders

    • 100 subs without vids?! says:

      Dank People Stfu if they meant “ticks” then they would of spelt it that way

  5. Kijji Koneko says:

    I think it’s actually pretty adorable… Not weird or creepy.

  6. Mr.Emoji says:

    2:03 mouth is upside down

  7. Beautiful Stardust says:

    For the past week I keep feeling the need to twitch and this video just came into my recommended and now I’m worried I might have this problem

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  12. MIDO says:

    *This is just a glitch*
    Calm down

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    99.9% of the comments are asking for likes


  14. Perles Mbuyi says:

    I want to be your friend

  15. MrcMusicGøäłš YT says:

    There is a kid with Tourette syndrome in my class. He sits right next to me. He is pretty cool. He did make noises but he was nice. No one judged him. I’m lucky I’m in a good school (other than the shooting threat today)

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    The boy is so sweet😁

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  18. Unicorns for life says:

    If i was one of his classmate i would just smile at him and accept him

  19. Underswap Papyrus says:

    I’ve got Tourette syndrome, I’ve had it since I was about 5 I use to do 1 2 3 touch the ground and make quaking noises and clucking noises. I was bullied because of it. I’m glad that I know that I’m not alone =3

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