9 ways a Naturopath can help with tics and Tourette

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Today I took Stink back to Dr. Carroll. It had been more than 3 years. Instead of fitting halfway on his exam table, Stink took up the entire table, his size 8 mens Nike’s hanging dangling off the edge.

As usual, Dr. Carroll was calm, cool and collected. Just walking into the office I felt a sense of peace. I’d call it the placebo effect of Mama about to get some help, but Stink himself barely ticked at all.

Note to self: We need a calmer environment at home. Working on that.

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Youth Ambassador applications now available!

TSA seeks at least one teen and parent/guardian team from each TSA chapter (or at least one team per state not served by a TSA chapter) to attend the upcoming YA Training. The Training for teens and their parent/adult guardian will take place March 10-12, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The TSA Youth Ambassador Training is a two-day comprehensive training program aimed at creating exceptional teen leaders and TS advocates. Youth Ambassadors will receive guidance on speaking in public, on how to give a concise presentation on TS and presentation logistics. The Training also includes participation in TSA’s annual National Advocacy Day.

This is an excellent opportunity for interested teens to learn public speaking, build friendships with other teens involved in the program, gain leadership and advocacy skills, and represent the Tourette Syndrome community as they raise awareness through YA Program activities. Click here to download the application.

Your completed application should be submitted to your local Chapter. Applicants residing outside a chapter area can email or mail completed applications to TSA c/o Michelle Gutmann. All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 21, 2014.

52 Weeks of TS: Week 25

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every Tuesday, noted Tourette Syndrome advocate Troye Evers shares his “52 Weeks of TS” blog journal with the TSParentsOnline community. In cased you missed any of the first 24 weeks, you can read them here. For more information about Troye, please click on his name or visit his website.

This week could be one of the highest stress, anxiety-filled weeks yet this year. My father had been gone for almost 12 years and my mother just over four years. Losing a loved one is never easy, and I’m not sure you really ever get over it — especially losing them at such an early age. I lost both my parent before I even reached 35 years old, and they were both in their early 50s when they passed.

Since I spent most of my life in the TS closet, I never really spoke to them about it. If TS is in fact hereditary, I’m not sure which side of the family it came from, and now I can’t ask them to see if they would have a clue. My parents divorced when I was very young, but both were remarried and had kids. I guess I will get the answer to my question if any of my nieces or nephews ever starts ticcing, but I would not wish that on any of them.

I don’t wish this mysterious disorder on anyone, but at least if one of my nieces, or nephews were ever diagnosed with TS, they would have me there for them. Someone to show them it’s just another thing; it’s not a death sentence. It’s just something we deal with, and move on with, day to day. That’s what I do.

As for kids and myself, that’s not going to happen. I did want kids at one point in my life, but my husband doesn’t, and now I just feel too old anyway. If my husband ever did want to have kids, I would want to use his swimmers anyway, not mine. I would not want to chance my kid having TS. What if it was worse than mine is. I just couldn’t handle the thought knowing I did that to this person.

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List of all NJCTS webinars, including October 29 on mental health in the African-American community

THIS WEEK’S WEBINAR

Mental Health Stigma in the African-American Community

October 29, 2014
Presented by Dr. Christine Adkins-Hutchison, Associate Director of the Office of Counseling and Disability Services at Kean University in Union, N.J.

Asking for help of any kind can be difficult. Seeking psychological services can be even more challenging. For many in the African American community, acknowledging the need for help and pursuing assistance in many forms, especially in the form of counseling, can feel next to impossible.

This webinar will discuss the stigma regarding help-seeking and mental health issues that persists in this ethnic community. How to recognize the need for support, and ways to encourage help-seeking in this population also will be considered.

REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR »

OTHER UPCOMING WEBINARS

Getting Kids Motivated for School

November 12, 2014
Presented by Graham Hartke, Psy.D.
More information about this webinar »

Bullying & Vulnerable Populations

November 19, 2014
Presented by Nadia Ansary, Ph.D.
More information about this webinar »

Monsters, Robbers & Nightmares, Oh My! Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

December 3, 2014
Presented by Courtney Weiner, Ph.D.
More information about this webinar »

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Rage is really affecting my TS son

Hello, my name is Helen, and I am married and have four sons.  Our first son was diagnosed with TS at the age of 9.  No one in our family has TS that we know of.  We were lucky enough to only have one son with TS.  We were told 50/50 one of our other sons would have it.

Anyway, my son Billy is now 29 years old.  From nine years old till about 16, Billy was on meds.  He decided in high school he didn’t want to take meds cause they made him tired.  Billy, at the same time, started experiencing with marijuana and alcohol.  Billy graduated from HS and got into the school of engineering at Rutgers University after making quite a number of outstanding schools.

Freshman year went fine.  Sophmore year Billy decided to join the engineering fraternity.  His graes declined and he was put on academic probation.  At that time he started dating a girl named Kat.  She was a grade ahead of him and studying psychology.  Their relationship ended after three years because of Billy’s temper and drinking.

Billy then graduated and moved into the city for five years.  He had another girlfriend Tara that last almost three years with lots of fighting and drinking.  Billy has anger issues.  That relationship ended.  Billy decided he wanted out of the city and to buy a house.  He moved into a houser closer to me and my husband.

Billy had some problems with the house but also started dating a new girl named Gabby.  That lasted a few months when she broke it off because of Billy’s anger issues.  Billy came over for dinner Wednesday night and admitted he was depressed and ruined three relationships because of his anger issues.  He realizes he needs to see a TS doctor.  He is in the process of finding one.

My heart goes out to Billy.  I fear of suicide since he has used the term numerous times through the years.  He’s also hating his job at this time.  The word hate is used constantly in his language.  His brothers are afraid of him when he gets angry.  I believe his drinking is out of control and a way of medicating himself.  I have alcoholism in my family and I am very afraid that Billy is succumbing to alcohol.

It breaks my heart to see my son like this and feel like there is nothing I can do but be supportive of him.  Let him know we love him and will be there for him no matter what.  To come to us no matter what he feels.  I hope he finally  takes advantage of the TSA and joins blogs and talk to other people about his issues.  I wish he could only see how bad TS is for others.  His is mild compared to some adults and children.

I just read about “rage” on Facebook and that totally describes what Billy is going through. It is good to know that he can control it, if he puts his mind to it.  Then again, I wish he would stop drinking until he can control his rage.  I look forward to participating in this blog about TS. I should’ve done it years ago instead of sweeping the problem under the rug.