I have been getting a lot of emails about Tourette’s Syndrome from people who are being broken by it. Just as telling are the statistics I check every so often to see which keywords people are using to find my blog. They are becoming increasingly Tourette’s related.
In the past two months people have typed these terms into a search engine, and then visited my blog through the pages that resulted:
- Tourette’s or suicide
- I hate terets I hate myself
- When will my Tourette’s go away?
- Girlfriend left because of my tics
- have Tourette’s nobody understands
- Will tics in my son stop when he is older?
- Be successful and have Tourette’s?
- Tourette’s pain
- Tourette’s injury
- f*** Terrets
And my personal favorite, “Tourette’s Is Josh Hanagarne gay?”
To all but the last I can say to those searchers, the situation is as bad as you think, but I believe you can alter the way you think about it. I don’t say this to be sanctimonious or make light of anyone’s pain–over the past ten years I have felt (and Googled) just about every combination of the above questions and statements that exist. But I wish I hadn’t.
If you are reading this, you have Tourette’s, and you are one of the searchers who typed in anything I’ve mentioned in this post, please go easy on yourself. Let me know if I can do anything for you. I know Tourette’s can be lonely, but that only makes it worse. Find someone to reach out to. If you are comfortable doing so I’d be happy to talk with you if you think it might be helpful.
And if you ever want to write a guest post about Tourette’s for World’s Strongest Librarian I’d be happy to host you.
PS: If you’re just in the mood for some lonely thoughts, that link should fit the bill.