I tried to go to the art show of my friend Jacob. At 6:30 at Allegheny and Richmond. I realize if you’r not familiar with Phila. PA that location means nothing to you. However please read on.
I really wanted to be there I made plans to go with my woman friend Carol. She and I were to meet at a nearby transporation stop at 5:30 pm. I arrived five minutes early. I waited for close to fifteen minutes. I checked every where she could be. She was not to be found.
Then I walked home. Thought I must of misremembered the time and I thought it was 5pm we were suppose to meet. Then a little way when I home Carol calls me. She told me the time was 5:30. Then she says let’s go. She let me know too she missed her stop. I was okay with that. I too am guilty of not paying attention and missing my stop She felt guilty. I told her she was being too hard on herself. Heck to coin a phrase she or he is not guilty of not paying attention and misisng their stop on a public transportation vehicle cast the first stone.
At that point when she called I was dressed in my sleepwear ready for bed. Last thing I wanted to do was to go out She decided to go without me. Hour later I receive a phone call from her. She sounded very upset. From what she told me I’m glad I wasn’t at the art show
Looking back thinking of how I would have been alone in the dark in an unsavory neighborhood the scary situation would of most likely exacerbated my Tourettes. Of course I’ll never specifically know. I do remember when I’m in a tense situation, like most people with Tourette syndrome I do tend to tic more than usual. My tics tend to be more pronounced.
Emotions can play a huge part in this neurological disorder. I know from personal experiences. I am aware too that many people with tic disorders experience personally how stress can worsen their tics. Moreover a large majority of people with tic disorders suffer from anxiety orders to begin with. They seem to go together like that old song horse and carriage. I think its a song from :”Oklahoma”
Its not surprising that stressful situations can worsen this neurological disorder since stress can make virtually any situation worse. For one thing stress makes it very hard to concentrate. When one is stressed it can extremely difficult to think about one’s situation. Plus if one feels under pressure that ca make a situation even worse. It can make one feel one is in danger even when that is totally untrue. In other words stress can cause an increase in fearful emotions. Some stress can produce a heightened awareness of one’s immediate environment. An overload can make it virtually impossible to make rational decisions in one’s situation.
A tic is an involuntary vocal or motor movement. It is a movement one feels one needs to do and relief won’t come unless its done. Its like holding back a sneeze. Sometimes a sneeze can be suppreseed for a certain time. Eventually it needs to be expressed. Same with a tic.
I’m not saying it can make somebody clinically paranoid. On the other hand I bet if you’re walking by yourself in a strange neighborhood , late at night and its dark I bet you’re going to be at least a little suspcious of people you don’t know. I believe its not difficult to see how tics can worsen then.
Moreover many people with Tourettes suffer from other associated conditions. Some of these can anxiety disorders. In fact anxiety disorders are quite common with people with Tourettes. I don’t know what came first anxiety disorders worsening tics or tic disorders, especially Tourettes by its nature causes anxiety disorders. Perhaps more research will discover the truth.
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