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(BBC-US)   Billie Eilish says having Tourette's is farking exhausting   (bbc.com) divider line
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2022-05-25 3:37:01 AM  
John's Not Mad QED 1989
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2022-05-25 6:48:14 AM  
There was a guy a couple decades ago that rode the METRO and had it. It seems exhausting and humiliating.
 
2022-05-25 6:49:21 AM  
My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.
 
2022-05-25 7:00:38 AM  

Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.


Yep - I'd imagine.  Not Tourettes but other pain issues, they still mess with my voice, make me twitch and go "Gah!" in the middle of sentences, etc.  People treat you like your IQ is about 25.  Speak up loudly and simply 'cause you know obviously you're not going to understand otherwise, run over what you're trying to say 'cause who cares what the <slur> is saying anyway, don't know nothin'.  It's a farking party start to finish
 
2022-05-25 7:26:11 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.

Yep - I'd imagine.  Not Tourettes but other pain issues, they still mess with my voice, make me twitch and go "Gah!" in the middle of sentences, etc.  People treat you like your IQ is about 25.  Speak up loudly and simply 'cause you know obviously you're not going to understand otherwise, run over what you're trying to say 'cause who cares what the <slur> is saying anyway, don't know nothin'.  It's a farking party start to finish


Like all of a sudden a white hot needle is being pushed into your cheek?

I thought everybody got those.

I have a very high pain tolerance and it makes me Yelp like a kicked terrier.
 
2022-05-25 7:34:40 AM  
It's just a thing.
Some people have it.

Some people have a lack of sensitivity
 
2022-05-25 7:57:59 AM  

born_yesterday: There was a guy a couple decades ago that rode the METRO and had it. It seems exhausting and humiliating.


Riding the METRO was exhausting and humiliating? American public transport sucks.
 
2022-05-25 8:07:51 AM  
my first exposure to Tourette's was LA Law., biatch. seems like it would suck. biatch. mother farker.
 
2022-05-25 8:14:55 AM  
BOB SAGET!!
 
2022-05-25 8:29:52 AM  
We had a fairly attractive secretary in my office back in the early '90s who had a fairly serious case of Tourette's. It was just about the time everyone was converting to Windows and using a mouse and I worried how she would manage. Since she was attractive I was also always having intrusive thoughts like "do all her muscles contract when she's having a spasm?"
 
2022-05-25 8:38:07 AM  
Duh!
 
2022-05-25 8:41:49 AM  
Bob Fleming's Folkin Classics
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2022-05-25 8:50:02 AM  
DONKEY BONER!!!
 
2022-05-25 8:52:19 AM  

djZorbof: DONKEY BONER!!!


Stop bragging.
 
2022-05-25 9:02:28 AM  
Just like her music
 
2022-05-25 9:04:25 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.

Yep - I'd imagine.  Not Tourettes but other pain issues, they still mess with my voice, make me twitch and go "Gah!" in the middle of sentences, etc.  People treat you like your IQ is about 25.  Speak up loudly and simply 'cause you know obviously you're not going to understand otherwise, run over what you're trying to say 'cause who cares what the <slur> is saying anyway, don't know nothin'.  It's a farking party start to finish


i had a pretty nasty stutter as a little kid.  let's just say it didn't do me favors socially
 
2022-05-25 9:05:42 AM  

djZorbof: DONKEY BONER!!!


What a way to show your ass.
 
2022-05-25 9:07:12 AM  

Bluenosed Baker: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.

Yep - I'd imagine.  Not Tourettes but other pain issues, they still mess with my voice, make me twitch and go "Gah!" in the middle of sentences, etc.  People treat you like your IQ is about 25.  Speak up loudly and simply 'cause you know obviously you're not going to understand otherwise, run over what you're trying to say 'cause who cares what the <slur> is saying anyway, don't know nothin'.  It's a farking party start to finish

Like all of a sudden a white hot needle is being pushed into your cheek?

I thought everybody got those.

I have a very high pain tolerance and it makes me Yelp like a kicked terrier.


Yeah - found out over the years no matter how high your pain tolerance is or isn't - there's shiat that will make you yelp, twitch, cry, scream like Fay Wray, or collapse writhing like a puppet that just got it's strings cut.  No matter who you are.  Most people just haven't encountered that, and won't - at least not long term
 
2022-05-25 9:15:08 AM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.

Yep - I'd imagine.  Not Tourettes but other pain issues, they still mess with my voice, make me twitch and go "Gah!" in the middle of sentences, etc.  People treat you like your IQ is about 25.  Speak up loudly and simply 'cause you know obviously you're not going to understand otherwise, run over what you're trying to say 'cause who cares what the <slur> is saying anyway, don't know nothin'.  It's a farking party start to finish

i had a pretty nasty stutter as a little kid.  let's just say it didn't do me favors socially


Same here, also facial tics...when I was a kid.

It didn't help that my own mother would try to slap it out of me and call me names and humiliate me.

/damn, I wish I could stop thinking about that...
 
2022-05-25 9:21:17 AM  
I wouldn't mind seeing her shaking it.
 
2022-05-25 9:38:44 AM  

Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.


I have the same, your brother has my sympathies.
 
2022-05-25 9:40:24 AM  
Just remembered my Tourettes did get me out of trouble when I was caught swearing during a conference call, when I thought I was muted.
 
2022-05-25 9:42:14 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: Thank You Black Jesus!: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.

Yep - I'd imagine.  Not Tourettes but other pain issues, they still mess with my voice, make me twitch and go "Gah!" in the middle of sentences, etc.  People treat you like your IQ is about 25.  Speak up loudly and simply 'cause you know obviously you're not going to understand otherwise, run over what you're trying to say 'cause who cares what the <slur> is saying anyway, don't know nothin'.  It's a farking party start to finish

i had a pretty nasty stutter as a little kid.  let's just say it didn't do me favors socially

Same here, also facial tics...when I was a kid.

It didn't help that my own mother would try to slap it out of me and call me names and humiliate me.

/damn, I wish I could stop thinking about that...


We all have this sort of an experience that needs to be unpacked and processed with a professional.

Reliving trauma is reliving trauma. I wish you luck and hope the echoes get quiet.
 
2022-05-25 9:48:44 AM  
Still doesn't explain her atonal mumbling music.

Anyway, welcome to the Chronic Neurological Disorders Club, Billie! Just imagine how much it sucks for those of us who don't have millions of dollars and can't get any real relief because the insurance we do have fights us every step of the way or outright obstructs us getting meds that might ease our suffering.

Oh, to be wealthy and famous and have the platform and fortune from which to effectively complain about the state of health care in the United States or maybe even do something about it, and yet concern oneself only with the next big media event or awards show.
 
2022-05-25 9:56:52 AM  

Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.


There's a Twitch streamer Named Sweet Anita who has Tourette's. Hers includes not only verbal and facial tics, she also hits people.  Going out in public for her is a nightmare
 
2022-05-25 10:03:01 AM  

WilderKWight: Still doesn't explain her atonal mumbling music.

Anyway, welcome to the Chronic Neurological Disorders Club, Billie! Just imagine how much it sucks for those of us who don't have millions of dollars and can't get any real relief because the insurance we do have fights us every step of the way or outright obstructs us getting meds that might ease our suffering.

Oh, to be wealthy and famous and have the platform and fortune from which to effectively complain about the state of health care in the United States or maybe even do something about it, and yet concern oneself only with the next big media event or awards show.


While having money would be a great help as far as not worrying about ending up on the sidewalk, I'm not sure it would do much else for Tourettes.  There really isn't a lot of treatment even palliative that I'm aware of?  At least that's very effective?  I mean yes money helps, but the actual suck of the condition itself is probably about the same in this case.  Even the best medical care doesn't have a lot of answers for that as far as I'm aware
 
2022-05-25 10:06:15 AM  

GoldSpider: BOB SAGET!!


nipples ass weiner

/that's from his SNL monologue when he hosted back in the 90s(?)
 
2022-05-25 10:15:35 AM  
Is she sure she's not exhausted just from carrying around those big titties?  That looks like a lot of work.
 
2022-05-25 10:36:31 AM  
Physical ticks can often be treated with botox.  You're going to want a good health plan, though.
 
2022-05-25 10:46:22 AM  
My kid struggles enough with severe ADHD and now he has Tourettes.  It's not the kind that makes you yell the N word in the grocery store.  It's vocal and physical tics.  Often a coughing or throat clearing noise that he can't help.  His tics rotate every few weeks and his current tic is a MMMmm thing like a Dark Crystal villain.  His physical tics are usually discrete like snapping his elbows out.  Currently its a jump in the air with is feet tucked so it just looks like he's really excited.

I share this because I knew nothing about Tourettes except for the "fark salt" guy before this.  My son fortunately has a really good school with vey understanding teachers and classmates who have not bullied him whatsoever (he just finished his first year in a slightly higher income school and it's the best  year he's ever had with his grades, behavior, and making friends).  He also takes medication for both his ADHD and Tourettes (and it took a while to find the right dosage but I think we're good now)

He prefers Metallica but he is aware of Billie Eilish and took comfort in knowing that such a high profile and popular person has it too.  He was also really interested in Shane McMahon's ADHD.  I guess he needs to know that you can have this and still be successful.

My heart breaks for his struggles and that he has to work harder than everybody else just to keep up, but he's doing it.
 
2022-05-25 11:18:21 AM  

born_yesterday: There was a guy a couple decades ago that rode the METRO and had it. It seems exhausting and humiliating.


I worked with a guy who had pretty bad facial tics, to the point of interrupting his speech.  It looked exhausting.  It looked like the poor man was battling hiccups constantly.  The kind that make your whole body jump.
 
2022-05-25 11:31:40 AM  

Moroning: Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.

There's a Twitch streamer Named Sweet Anita who has Tourette's. Hers includes not only verbal and facial tics, she also hits people.  Going out in public for her is a nightmare


She's fantastic except when she goes into the toxic feminism topics. Much time is spent shiatting on men and not pushing women up. Otherwise she's a farkin riot, especially her streams with CodeMiko; somewhat because Miko is so good at improv and playing off Anita.
 
2022-05-25 11:42:50 AM  

Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.


Same. Mix in anger issues and ADHD and...yeah. Once he turned 18, his I-know-better-than-anyone ass stopped taking his meds. He's had a rough go of things.
 
2022-05-25 1:11:21 PM  
Our high achool homecoming/prom queen for years in a row was a beautiful girl with Tourette's.

She kicked, punched, chirped, and cursed like a sailor when under pressure. So naturally the kids all nominated and voted for her just to see if she'd meltdown on the mic. She never did.

Sometimes wonder what became of her, I hope she's happy.
 
2022-05-25 3:48:17 PM  

Shakes999: My brother has the form that's just the facial and some body tics. School was super fun for him.


Very lucky that it didn't manage to randomly switch over to vocal tics.  It's not set in stone what the tics will be at any given time.  Sometimes vocal, sometimes physical.  It's just random.  Physical tics are definitely the better of the two, because they are easier to hide with enough work (unless a person has a severe case, which...well, there ain't no hiding that).

My vocal tics had gone away for quite a long time, but recently came back as something very minor and only really annoying to myself.  Physical tics never really went away for me, but I've been able to cover them for decades via very natural-seeming stretching movements.  People just think I've got a kink in my neck or shoulder, or that I'm thinking very intently when I scrunch up my face.

/as I sit here typing this, squirming my shoulders and pulling my head from side-to-side...
 
2022-05-25 5:02:44 PM  
"If you film me for long enough, you're going to see lots of tics," she said.

I misread that at first.  "Yeah, those things are all over the internets.  You shot some of those vids yourself."

/I have a new blind spot, tiny but unfortunately located
//right over the 'c' in tic when I look at lots
///my mind fills in what it wants to see
 
2022-05-25 5:08:32 PM  
If this was old Fark, this thread would be nothing but pictures of them titties and arguing as to whether she was hot or not.

Now its just empathy and discussing living with a challenging medical condition.

I don't understand the world anymore.
 
2022-05-25 5:11:13 PM  

WilderKWight: Still doesn't explain her atonal mumbling music.

Anyway, welcome to the Chronic Neurological Disorders Club, Billie! Just imagine how much it sucks for those of us who don't have millions of dollars and can't get any real relief because the insurance we do have fights us every step of the way or outright obstructs us getting meds that might ease our suffering.

Oh, to be wealthy and famous and have the platform and fortune from which to effectively complain about the state of health care in the United States or maybe even do something about it, and yet concern oneself only with the next big media event or awards show.


I'm so sorry that Billie Eilish gave you Tourette's.
 
2022-05-25 5:55:12 PM  

Magnanimous_J: If this was old Fark, this thread would be nothing but pictures of them titties and arguing as to whether she was hot or not.

Now its just empathy and discussing living with a challenging medical condition.

I don't understand the world anymore.


I mean... why couldn't it be both?  Women with TS can still be hot.  Maybe less hot when the tics are in play, but still hot.  I can alternate between empathy and objectification if the titties are worth it.
 
2022-05-25 11:01:51 PM  
Never been diagnosed but I'm pretty sure I have a mild case. I've had facial tics since grade school. I've gotten fairly good at hiding them: turning my head, putting my hand over my mouth, etc. I'm always thankful that it never progressed any farther. It's the verbal tics that seem to be the most disruptive for both the person with them and those around them.
 
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