Tourette Syndrome is so often misunderstood. When I first started telling family and friends that Monster Man most likely had Tourette Syndrome, the most common response I got was "He isn't going to start cussing is he?". Sadly, this is one of the most misunderstood things about Tourette Syndrome. The reality is that cussing, or coprolalia as it is officially called, is actually very rare.
Most people with Tourette Syndrome have similar tics to what Monster Man is experiencing - eye blinking, throat clearing, sniffing, and other similar movements. Some are a little more complex, such as the times when Monster Man starts taking three steps and then kicking himself in the back of the leg. There is such a variety of tics that are experienced, and they range in varying degrees. Tourette Syndrome has many faces.
In recent weeks, there has been a little more awareness about Tourette Syndrome. In fact, TS is making headlines thanks to American Idol finalist James Durbin. James Durbin has both Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's (a form of autism). His appearance on American Idol has been bringing about a new interest for many looking for find more information on both Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's. James Durbin is helping Americans reach a new understanding.
I found a great news clip this morning from Atlanta's Fox 5 that talks more about James Durbin and gives a little more insight into life with TS. Thank you to Fox 5 for helping spread the word!