Telling between a tic and the same thing from a "normal" cause?
August 24, 2013 4:20 PM Subscribe
Can people who have tic disorders (such as Tourette's) that cause them to do things that everybody does once in a while tell when they're doing that thing because of the "normal" cause and when they're doing it because of the tic?
posted by Flunkie to health & fitness (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For example, everybody clears their throat, everybody sniffles, everybody coughs. Are people with tic disorders that make them do these kinds of things much more frequently than most people able to tell the difference between when they're doing it because of their tic and when they're doing it because of whatever reason most people do it?
So, for example, sniffling. Does it feel to them like their nose is running, and so they sniffle? Or does it only feel that way when their nose is actually running, and meanwhile when the tic is the cause it feels like something else (something distinguishable) that also causes them to feel the need to sniffle?
And to be clear, I don't mean "can they tell" in the sense of "can they wipe their nostril with their finger and see if it's wet", for example. Obviously they can do things like that, but I mean more along the lines of does the feeling that is driving them to tic feel like the feeling of a runny nose, or is it two different feelings that both happen to result in sniffling?
Finally, I hope I don't cause any offense by my use of the term "normal" - I don't mean any, and I don't mean any judgment or any other negative connotation. I'm just not really sure how else to succinctly describe causes like "something in my throat" or "nose is running" or so forth that happen every once in a while to everyone.