Tourette Syndrome Singapore

Behaviour

Because of the syndrome of those individuals, they often encounter difficulties in life. Those experiences often have a negative impact on them, thus creating a unique pattern of behavior. And this behavior pattern often changes as the individual grows older or becomes more mature.

Most kids begin to show their syndromes during the age of 8 to 12. At this stage, most kids experience the tics for the first time, so do their peers. Due to the low awareness of this Syndrome, some kids with TS are bullied or teased by their peers, or even misunderstood by their teachers and parents. And even though they may want to control their tics, it is hard to do so as they are still getting to know their own situation. If not diagnosed, without instruction, trying to hold temporarily will only cause more severity outburst later on. It is like holding a sneeze. And the syndrome itself also causes a lot of difficulties for the kids to study.

As a result of their experience in the early years, most children tend to either fade way from society or become violent as they step into adolescence period. By that moment, most children will be diagnosed already, and have at least received some training and know how to control their tics. As they have had some bad experiences in their early school life, they would pretend to be normal in their new surrounding. They would hide themselves, and to be shy but normal persons rather than outspoken but “mad” ones.

While some children fade away and enjoy their peace in life, some children become even violent. As they have already had enough trouble to control their tics, they then feel a sense of lost control over their body during the special period in their life – adolescence; they are easy to get irritated by the teasing or imitating and response with violence.

However, as the individuals with TS grow older, they become more mature and more able to handle situations under different circumstances. The severity of their syndrome also begins to decrease after they pass adolescence. They gradually come back to society and live a regular life as anyone else.

In fact, over 71% of TS individuals are full time employees or pursuing higher education. So it is not surprise to see some people actually achieve a great success in the society, for example a person like Tim Howard, a goalkeeper for Everton F.C. Moreover, they may still have some other problems from their TS, for example, light tics, sleep disturbances, and etc. After all, they are just one of us; who they are actually depends on how we perceive them.

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