Tics are fast, repetitive muscle movements that result in sudden and difficult to control body jolts or sounds.

They’re fairly common in childhood and typically first appear at around 5 years of age. Very occasionally they can start in adulthood.

Tics are not usually serious and normally improve over time. But they can be frustrating and interfere with everyday activities.

Types Of Tics

There are many types of tic. Some affect body movement (motor tics) and others result in a sound (vocal or phonic tics).

Examples of tics include:

  • blinking, wrinkling the nose or grimacing
  • jerking or banging the head
  • clicking the fingers
  • touching other people or things
  • coughing, grunting or sniffing
  • repeating a sound or phrase – in a small number of cases, this may be something obscene or offensive

Tics can happen randomly and they may be associated with something such as stress, anxiety, tiredness, excitement or happiness. They tend to get worse if they’re talked about or focused on.

They often start with an unpleasant sensation that builds up in the body until relieved by the tic – known as an urge – although they can sometimes be partly suppressed.

Many of use use tics as a way of showing outwardly our stresess and anxiety. Asking for help is the first step in regaining control of your life, learning how and why you created this tic and also learning constructive and useful ways to overcome it are where I come in.

There is no judgement or criticism, just genuine concern and support to help you regain yours sense of self again.  It may not be easy to take that first step but once you have you will embark on a journey to a better you. And remember, you are not alone, this is just a coping mechanism and it can be resolved.

Call me now so I can help you to overcome this and move on with your life.