Loving Tourettes

I often come across comments about Tourettes online like:

“Why do people with Tourettes Syndrome say only bad things?”


“Why don’t you get any cases of nice Tourettes?”

Well, my newest tic clearly shows that Tourettes can be nice: I’ve just started ticcing “I love you.”

It’s friendly but a bit confusing. If I were saying, ‘I hate you,’ I’d expect my family and friends to recognise it was a tic, and that I didn’t mean it. But with this new tic, sometimes I do love the people I’m saying it to, and while I haven’t chosen to say it, I don’t want them to disregard what I’m saying as being just a tic.

That said, I’m also randomly declaring my love to strangers, colleagues and a variety of inanimate objects.

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