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Tourette’s Update: One Month Without Tics

crossed out calendarYes sirs and ma’ams, tis true.

One full month. Non an extra blink, yelp, yip, yap, or snarl. No slobbering, scratching or hitting or biting. I barely know who I am anymore. That is a good thing.

Last weekend I went to an art gallery at a nearby University. I walked through two very hushed exhibits featuring, respectively, some gorgeous and enormous paintings of Christ by Alan Bloch, and a fantastic group of pieces of American War art and illustrations.

The point is that the places were so quiet and still, and nobody even knew I was there. A year ago I’d have been tossed out of the place and conveyed to the exorcists.

I can go to movies.

I can sit still.

I can be silent.

I can listen.

I can concentrate.

My memory is improving because I no longer deal with constant interrupts.

I am safe from myself.

The urges are still there, but they vanish as quickly as they are felt. If you have ever learned a language, do you remember the point at which you stopped translating in your head?

That is where I am at with the ability to shut down the tics. I no longer have to intervene physically, the associations are now just patterned in and what happens happens on the fly.

If you have Tourette’s, or your kids do, I am ready to start talking people through exactly what I have done. I’d prefer not to discuss it online in great detail yet, and there are things that will work better if I show you versus tell you. I

If you’re interested please contact me and we’ll set up a time to talk. I can only promise to show you and tell you what I have done, but I think it would be worth your time.


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  • Hilary March 16, 2011, 10:44 am

    Hi Josh .. I think that’s brilliant and so well put – you must be an inspiration to many. Well done … such a joy to read.

    Congratulations – may you have many years of peace ahead … with thoughts – Hilary

  • frank March 16, 2011, 11:08 am

    Josh, i would love to talk to you about what you did. My son has not had any since i posted, though i do think i know what brought them out. I think this could help with myself. Let me know what you think.

  • Bryce March 16, 2011, 2:02 pm

    You are one amazing dude Josh, keep inspiring us all!!

  • Mitchell March 16, 2011, 3:57 pm

    I wrote to you a couple of months back about my son, who has Tourette’s. At that time you said you’d be willing to speak to him, but he seemed reticent about it. Now that you once again make your kind offer, I think he would be ready (I would hope so), since meds do nothing, I mean nothing, except give him the side effects. How could we/I contact you? I believe you can see my e-mail, so I’ll wait for your response. By the way, though the Tourette’s was how I first came to your blog, your writing is very good and I enjoy your thoughts.

  • cinderkeys March 17, 2011, 2:05 am

    That is really cool.

  • John March 17, 2011, 6:27 am

    Great news Josh! Thank you for keeping us posted on how it is going…it’s truly an inspiration

    • Josh Hanagarne March 17, 2011, 9:33 pm

      Thanks John. I’m enjoying it even more than I thought I would.

  • candi April 9, 2011, 6:55 am

    My daughter has several tics. Please help. She constantly sniffs even though she does not have allergies, and the worst most bothersome tic is she is constantly itching and rearranging her underwear. She is 9 years old and other kids are noticing. She has to go to the bathroom all the time and I think it is so she can scratch.

    • Josh Hanagarne April 9, 2011, 8:38 am

      Hi Candi, a couple of questions:

      Has she had a diagnosis? If you’re ready to try and intervene, seeing a medical professional has to be the first step. I want to be very clear that I honor the work neurologists do and I can’t recommend any other course of action until there is an official diagnosis.

      For now, if you are assuming that it is Tourette’s and want the starting point for how I view things, please subscribe to the TS newsletter and watch the video.

      If you have any questions after that I’d be happy to set up a time to talk. But again, please: see a professional first if you’re concerned enough to intervene.

  • Alicia May 15, 2011, 8:09 am

    Hi, I am sat here, self diagnosing my 8yrs old twin boy with tourettes syndrome, I hate hate hate to admit but each sympton is showing me that he has it. I see from many many articles , doctors dismiss it, & there is not a lot I can do medication wise , What shall I do ?