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  1. This whole thing gives me a headache. On one hand arseholes need to be taught a lesson, then on the other mud sticks. Cliff Richard has found this to be the thing. It's quite easy to see the victims become the bullies.
  2. Long time visiting this thread but I thought I'd update on what's been happening since my last post. I have just come back from a trip up to London. I saw one of the best specialists in the country on Tourette's Syndrome and I can now say I have been properly and formally diagnosed with Tourette's. I did have a diagnosis before that from a locum psychiatrist but it's been somewhat informal. He said that technically by a text book example I don't have TS but that is how to best describe mine. Adult onset does occur but usually it's the sort that puts people into the A&E department at a hospital because of the severity. For me, it's always been gradual although now I'm getting coprophenomena - swearing tics. Mainly the two finger salute. He did say though that he's never heard of anyone ticcing in their dreams. I've since talked to a couple in a Facebook group for people with TS and a few have come forward saying they also experience this. It seems undocumented. I have another appointment in 3 months time back in London, in February to see the same doctor. They need to liaise with my psychiatrist over medication. And I've messaged a therapist in Exeter about CBIT and if I can get onto that as an NHS patient. Good progress!
  3. Hmm, I have in the past been flat lining in wanting to socialise. Most of my life in fact. It truly wasn't until I started taking medication that I got a sense of wanting to talk to others. And it came on in a difficult way. It was nigh on painful not to talk to people. Before I just wanted to be left alone and play on the PlayStation and live my life like that. I was a teenager then. Everything else was a distant second. The only reason I wanted friends was just so I wasn't awkwardly alone at school but even then very few of them I spent time with out side of school.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Really sorry to hear that. I hope he wasn't in too much pain.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
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