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While many of the videos uploaded on Youtube make fun of Tourette Syndrome and are meant for laughter, there are several videos on Youtube that genuinely attempt to answer commonly asked questions on Tourette Syndrome. Here are 2 of them, uploaded by Tictionary, a TS individual with OCD from UK, who has uploaded many videos that has helped many people around the world to understand the true nature of tics.

1. “Why some tics can be held back while others can’t”

Some people have asked me why some tics can be held back while others can’t. Here is an explanation of the degree to which tics are involuntary. It also explains why some people say their tics are completely involuntary and uncontrollable while other people say they are more like compulsions and that they can hide them.

When I talk about the involuntary sensations, these are what are known as ‘sensory tics’ and ‘premonitory urges’.

2. “Tics and compulsions: The big difference”

Many people think that tics and compulsions are on different ends on the same spectrum. Although they are connected in some ways and people with either Tourette syndrome or obsessive compulsive disorder will often have traits of the other, tics and compulsions are different in that they are responses to different things.

I also talk, in the second half, about the compulsion spectrum and obsessive compulsive disorder, although I haven’t given this much thought and don’t know as much about it as the tic spectrum.

Watch more of Tictionary’s videos on Youtube here. Please note that the videos uploaded by Tictionary are meant for education purposes only and belong to Tictionary. In the videos, she also speaks based on her own personal experience and not on any scentific or medical findings, hence viewer discretion is advised.


Hi! Welcome to the blog of Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore. This blog strives to promote the awareness of Tourette Syndrome in Singapore.

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As part of our plans to promote the public awareness of Tourette Syndrome, we are trying to reach out to primary and secondary schools in Singapore to allow us the chance to organise and hold educational talks on Tourette Syndrome in their schools. As we realised that symptoms of Tourette Syndrome start to develop between the age of 8 to 14, the lack of knowledge of Tourette Syndrome among this age group leads to frequent teasing and bullying of young children with Tourette Syndrome. There are even cases of teachers mistaking kids with Tourette Syndrome for being mischievous or rebellious whenever they display TS symptoms such as tics in class.

Therefore, it would be very benefical to children with Tourette Syndrome if we can start promoting awareness of this often misunderstood neurological disorder in primary and secondary schools. If you are from the education industry and would like to improve the welfare of young students suffering from Tourette Syndrome by collaborating with us, please kindly leave a comment behind anywhere on this blog.

Hello to all! Welcome to this newly set up informative blog dedicated to the education of general public and the sharing of knowledge about Tourette Syndrome.

This blog is being set up by a group of students from Singapore Management University(SMU) including myself, in collaboration with the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore, with the mission of striving to reach out to the public in Singapore and educate them about Tourette Syndrome through different initiatives.

This blog aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • educate the general public about Tourette syndrome so that they can develop a better understanding of the issues faced by individuals or families affected by Tourette Syndrome
  • to serve as a platform for everyone to inquire, share and contribute to the better understanding of Tourette Syndrome

If you wish to find out more or improve the lives of individuals with Tourette Syndrome, either start by visiting the current existing blog of the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore at or leave a comment behind on this blog indicating how you might want to help out, such as signing up as a contributor or author for this blog. It doesn’t matter whether you are a TS sufferer, family member or a caregiver. All are welcome!

Meanwhile, as this first entry is being written, a group of passionate individuals are busy working on this blog, so please bookmark this URL and watch this space for more updates and content in the near future.

Welcome to this new blog!

This blog was set up with the mission of striving to reach out to the public in Singapore and educate them about Tourette Syndrome through different initiatives.
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