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  1. I made the switch from 2 mg risperidone to 10 mg aripiprazole last year. The aripiprazole did make sleep difficult but that did wear off. Unfortunately the best thing you can do is try to ride it out and see if these side effects will wear off.
  2. I steal cheese, so sue me!

    Oh no, more cheese!
  3. Hmm, I feel for your brother. I haven't yet had to make my vocal tics - obvious tics anyway - known to the public. I'm quite scared that that day will come and the reactions I get from others. But I know I can't think like that because the more stress I put on myself the harder it'll be. And I know I can manage at the moment; I had to wait 30 minutes in a GP's surgery waiting room this week and it was painful, as soon as I was in the room with the doctor I just let it all out. I don't know how I'd react if people noticed my tics and they reacted negatively. I guess, as the old British war propaganda says, "Keep calm and carry on".
  4. The last 24 hours I've had the rock hand gesture as a frequent tic. Which is pretty cool as tics go. Bit annoying as a have a really strong premonitory urge with it which is strange for me as not a lot of them do that. The urge can be really strong where I have to thrash my hands around doing it so I look like I'm rocking out to something! Bloody weird!
  5. Am I hallucinating?

    The experiences I get are somewhat similar. The voices I hear are also like my own thoughts although I know they "aren't". If that makes sense. They obviously are mine and my brain just gets confused with what I experience as my own thoughts. They can be as quiet just like another thought, be louder like if you have a song stuck in your head or quite real; I woke myself up from a very light sleep the other night by a voice going, "Boo!" Really loudly, scared me.
  6. Thanks! Now we're into February it doesn't feel too bad. Yeah, it would be interesting if the neurologist picks up on anything that the psychologists miss. I mean, I get intrusive thoughts before a lot of my tics so I wouldn't be too surprised at an OCD diagnosis. But we'll just have to wait and see. Considering taking up my own website with a timeline of what is going to happen. It might well be interesting to others who follow behind me in their progress to get CBIT.
  7. Been a little while since I've updated. I'm still on for an appointment to see a neurologist in April. The NHS did give me a chance to fill in for cancelled appointments but their system is borked, now I'm not even getting SMS messages any more for it so that's great. I'm making a tic diary now with a psychologist and her Number Two as part of a psychological formulation they're doing on me - three years without a clear diagnosis and lots of labels thrown my way, it's tiring to think about it so I hope they'll find something that sticks now. Tic-wise, I've had a pretty 'excited' day today. I picked up two new tics, one is like an evil laugh on a inhale of breath. The other one is a Pennywise line from IT. I've not even watched the film! So that's been fun. They might stick, who knows? I'd be quite happy if they didn't as funny as it is to be quoting Pennywise, I can't imagine it'll be as funny in public - I am pretty good as suppressing though.
  8. Husband passed away tonight

    Really sorry to hear that. I hope he wasn't in too much pain.
  9. Hey guys. Long time no see. Just found this news article today and it's got me a bit excited. I hope it'll do the same. It looks like a break through in anti psychotic drugs might have happened, maybe leading to a new generation of anti psychotics? https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/27/better-antipsychotic-drugs-may-be-on-the-horizon/131805.html
  10. The good doctor

    Autism is also or can be recognised as a disability here in the UK. By law a disorder is recognised individually as a disability if it impedes the person's quality of life in some manner, such as making it harder to complete every day tasks or people generally struggle to understand you. As someone who is autistic I can get fed up at the autistic community as well as the ones on the outside trying to understand the condition - or think they understand it. The reason I get fed up at the autistic community is because it seems to very easy to offend someone. You know, some people find the puzzle piece upsetting, some have problems with how you refer to an autistic person (is it 'person with autism' or 'autistic person'), blah. BLAH. But make no mistake I tire when people mistake it for an illness or that recovery is somehow possible especially when they think natural "alternatives" are useful. Fuck off with that shite. I also get it that people want to normalise it as a different way of being, and in some cases it is. However, it does in a lot of cases impede a person's ability to live with other people so I think generally speaking it should be looked upon as a disability because if it doesn't then the seriousness of the condition isn't being recognised; there are a lot of people who need supported living who are still classed as "high functioning", if they decided to view it no longer as a disability then a lot of people could find themselves without the proper support because their needs will not be recognised any more. As regards with the programme, I haven't watched it. If it does get a viewing over on this side of the pond - and not paying bloody Netflix's just inflated prices for it then I may well do it. I'd probably take it with a grain of salt in terms of how the character is portrayed, as one minority within the autistic minority. Whatever. To a degree it's good that autistic is getting normalised. What would be better if they consulted some autistic people for an accurate representation. But of course, I haven't seen the programme so what do I know?
  11. You're not though. Going to school is much more important that some stupid package.
  12. The guy sounds like a right jackarse. Good luck with your dad.
  13. I go to one for psychosis and it's really helped me. It's linked in with a charity in my area and they can support people in various ways. It's always be an informal setting, it's primarily been useful just as a place for people to talk. Sometimes you don't need to talk about your problems, just knowing that you can can be enough. But it has been nice sharing stories. We also do things outside the room setting quite often, bowling, abseiling, rockclimbing etc. Try getting in contact with a charity in your area for support and to get a pipeline of new people coming.
  14. Just thought I'd update this thread with the news that I'm hopefully going to start CBiT - Comprehensive Behavioural intervention for Tics. I've got to see a neurologist first locally then I can be included in the programme at a tic clinic at St George's Hospital in London which would certainly be interesting - and scary; I don't get out much nor do I take 3 hour train journeys into busy cities regularly. Basically the neurologist appointment - I think according to the St George's website - is going to include a diagnosis of a tic disorder and also screening for other comorbid conditions like the very common ADHD/ADD and OCD. I have a brother with ADHD. I've never really thought of myself as having ADHD, although I have struggled with going the extra mile with my work at school - they always said I wrote the bare minimum. And verbal instructions can be hard to follow a lot of the time. It's most likely due to Asperger's but it's probably worth looking into for the sake of being genetically predisposed to it. OCD-wise I do have intrusive thoughts, I often think the house might burn down when I'm out and I also get the feeling like I've forgotten something when I go somewhere and I don't know what it is. Don't know if it's enough or even if it is OCD sounding. I can push past these thoughts though, it's just not very nice having them in your mind. I am a little aware of that I tend to involve my thoughts with entertaining these things simply because these things fascinates me as someone with autism. I've had some bad nights recently, just the other night I couldn't stop moving in my sleep, I was punching myself in the face with quite some force and eventually I had to get up. The only thing I know that works for me is to play some computer games as that really distracts me but also stimulates me a bit so it was hard getting back to sleep after that too. Eventually I was able to though. I am scared that now I'm doing self injurious behaviour I'm going to get the dreaded coprophenomena. I don't know if it applies to adults with the condition simply because I've now pretty much stopped developing - brain wise, but the mean age for developing coprolalia and the like is about 5 years, I've had Tourette's now for 2 and a half years. I get new tics all the time, most of which are just once time only sort of thing I'm hoping the punching is just a short phase and not an evolution of my other tic where I have to slap myself on the side of my face. Who knows though, I don't.
  15. I started on 10 mg and I'm very happy with it. I'm less anxious, happier and I'm more willing to help other people whereas before I just had no energy to do a lot of things. Quite a big gamble to put me straight onto 10 mg, the max starting dose but it's paid off. That doctor wanted me on 20 mg after two weeks, I'm just on curious what that would have been like but I'm happy at 10 mg, it's improve my quality of life by quite a bit.