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Coping with Daily Life as a Teen with Tics

I check the clock. It’s 11:13pm. Almost 30 minutes after I switched the lights off and decided to go to bed. But my tics have kept me up all this while — head shaking and quick grunts telling me not to relax and sleep. But I fight that urge, taking deep breaths repeatedly until myContinue Reading

How Does it feel Before an Urge to Tic

I am sitting at my desk, quietly getting some work done, while I watch the time pass by. Suddenly, I begin to get a rising urge. I try to tell my brain to calm down and take some deep breaths but that does not push the feeling of compulsion away. It is starting to countContinue Reading

What Happens in Our Brain When We Listen to Music

Around the world, tens of millions of people listen to songs every day, whether it’s a part of their favorite playlist or something that pops up on the radio. At music concerts, fans scream at the top of their lungs and jump up and down to so many pieces of music. At the same time,Continue Reading

Your Imagined Words on a Screen

Imagine if people with speaking disabilities were suddenly able to communicate all their thoughts to the rest of the world. Imagine someone who was paralyzed in an accident regaining the ability to interact with others. Scientists in California might have just helped this become a reality. Recently, Krishna Shenoy along with his colleagues at StanfordContinue Reading

Physical Activity Reduces Tics

As I make my putt on the 18th green and jump back into the cart to drive to the clubhouse, I marvel to myself Wow, I don’t think I had any tics during that session. Throughout the ride home, I excitedly report to my parents not only how I played, but also about the fact that IContinue Reading

My High School with Neuroscience

The junior year has been my best school year as I had plenty of opportunities to immerse myself in activities related to neuroscience. From class learning to projects to presentation, I found myself learning many new concepts about our nervous system. I even got to build my neuron model that you see in the pictureContinue Reading

TIX and his Tourette Journey through Eurovision

Normally, people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) aren’t eager to reveal it to friends or people close to them. I tend to feel the same way and it makes sense. This feeling of embarrassment of having a neurological condition, or making disruptive sounds, or doing vigorous body movements can make someone afraid of being judged byContinue Reading

My Takeaways From Tourette Association National Conference

This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity of attending a conference held by the Tourette Association of America. I was able to learn more about Tourette Syndrome (TS), and I found most of the information about teens with the neurological condition relatable to my own life. The speakers were all experts with information regardingContinue Reading

Language Recovery in Stroke Survivors

Have you ever seen those videos of kids that wake up from a coma or stroke and start to speak fluent Mandarin or Portuguese when they have never learnt it before? However, in some cases, stroke survivors struggle to finish their words. This phenomenon is called aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects anContinue Reading

COVID and the Increasing Severity of Tourette Syndrome

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely caused a drastic decrease in social interactions, whether it may be in a school setting or in public. Initially, I thought that could be a beneficial break for kids across the world like me with Tourette’s Syndrome. Ever since the official start of the pandemic in March 2020, I haveContinue Reading

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