Tourettes + Autism = ???

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I was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at a young age, and was placed on the Autistic Spectrum (mild) a couple of years ago. It seems that sometimes, when my tics aren't being too troublesome, the symptoms of the two "conditions" can sort of overlap. Is this perhaps because of the lack of motor skills and speech difficulties that can arise from autism, or is it something else? I'm not sure - all I know is I'm sick of people calling me a retard because of it... Ideas?
 
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I'm going to be honest and say I don't know much at all about what you're experiencing.. it's not something I suffer with and I don't know anybody who does.
However, I am wondering if you see a specialist at all? I think it's interesting that you've made a link, and I think it might be worth talking to a professional about it. Obviously they have studied these things and so might be able to shed some light on the whole thing.
I'm sorry people are calling you names. That really is their problem, not yours. Not that that makes it easier for you. x
 
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I'm going to be honest and say I don't know much at all about what you're experiencing.. it's not something I suffer with and I don't know anybody who does.
However, I am wondering if you see a specialist at all? I think it's interesting that you've made a link, and I think it might be worth talking to a professional about it. Obviously they have studied these things and so might be able to shed some light on the whole thing.
I'm sorry people are calling you names. That really is their problem, not yours. Not that that makes it easier for you. x
I do see a specialist actually, well, one who's a psychotherapist specialising in young people with autism, and one who's a therapist relating to Tourettes. I'll definitely bring it up in both my next sessions, thanks for the advice! Yeah the name calling sucks; luckily it's not a horrifically bad thing...
 
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Don't get affected on people who says bad things about you.
 
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Are you not a member of any social groups for people on the autisic spectrum?

There's lots of charitys out there. There's lots of young people with both diagnosis. It's quite common for some folks to have more than one problem but I guess it must make it really hard to treat.

I'm the only person in my family with mild tourette's but other members have anxiety and deslexia which is also associated with the Autistic spectrum.

I'm really sorry you've suffered from a psychosis. I found this thread after reading your other about ECT. I didn't comment as was gonna say don't even considder it but at the end of the day it's you who's currently having to live with your current conditions.

I've never recieved any treatments for my tics as was diagnossed as an adult. I was offered medication once but didn't take it as my problem was my social forbia.
 
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I can see this is an old thread, but I'm posting because it's relevant and applicable to me :)

There is a very strong, almost certain issue, that I was case-closed with Tourettes Syndrome when I was a very young child, and arguably when intervention would have made a difference :)

I have recently been diagnosed ASD, after spending 25 years in the adult psychiatric system, with past substantial input from the CMHT, and other branches of the MH team, such as the Mentally Disordered Offenders Team, Crisis Team, Day Care, the Clinical Psychology Service, the employment rehabilitation service etc, several GP's.... :)

I am very badly effected, and I need help and support to put it right :)
 
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It makes me question the clinical skills of at least some of the medical staff I've seen over the years :)

Perhaps sometimes, it's more a case of people not necessarily being able to use their skills, even if - according to clinical need and medical and social care ethics - they should :)

If they are unable, or prevented from doing so, then why? Maybe cos referral to other types of assessment and services, requires questions and answers from the past, like childhood for example - what happened, which doctor did you, see, what was done about it, did you get any help, how are you today... etc etc.

How am I today?

First Do No Harm - a golden principle enshrined in medicine, I believe, and which all doctors are required to live by :)