Oh, and I almost forgot to mention....My son has a complex motor tic disorder and the tics get worse when he's stressed, either good or bad stress. So if he's really excited or happy, he will tic more, and if he's upset & sad, he will tic more; The tics can also change over time, both what the tics are and their intensity. When my son tics, he usually doesn't always know he's doing it until somebody brings it to his attention. Sometimes he can hold off a tic, but it eventually has to be let out, and yes, they can drive us all crazy sometimes, even the child that has the tics, b/c the motor tics can be painful and the verbal tics are often disruptive, but be assured, there are ways to help reduce the tics once you get them figured out.
at 9:03 AM on Feb. 4, 2009