So I would like to think of Tourette’s Syndrome as more of a hyper neurological system.
Most people with Tourette’s show very active responses/reactions towards outside stimuli, hyper reactions.
And stimuli can come from many angles–visuals, sounds, pain on your body, bad taste, bad smell, stress etc. Anything that can stimulate a person’s brain can be considered as a stimulus, and our brains intake a ton of outside stimuli every day.
So what is Tourette’s exactly?
Tourette’s is a malfunctioning neurological sequence.
For example, when we try to raise our right arm, our brain sends out a signal (electrical impulse) from the brain to the right arm, in order to finish “raising right arm” sequence.
And such a sequence can be interpreted as a programmed movement, every single time you try to do it, the brain raises exactly the same signal to let you do it. You can interpret it as a sequence of A-B-C-D.
However, to a person with a hyper activity brain, signals usually go haywire in this case. So when you try to raise your right arm, your brain sends out still exactly the same signal, however, due to the nature of a hyper-reactive brain, the sequence of A-B-C-D becomes A-B-C-D and A-B-E-F. The signal took a detour without control at B, and went to E and finished at F eventually. The second sequence of A-B-E-F is completely involuntary. And sometimes, the overactive system can even send out more detours for the pre-programmed sequence of A-B-C-D, like the following.
Tourette’s people’s hyperactive brains have a much higher level of electrical impulses than normal people’s brains. So that’s why their signals usually take extra detours to somewhere else to finish something else that was not ordered by the brain initially.
The key thing of Tourette’s Syndrome is obvious, a hyperactive brain. And the hyperactive brain simply has a much higher volume of dopamine than normal people, that’s why Tourette’s people need to manage and control their stress level, and their happiness level. It’s a brain that’s constantly in dopamine overdose, and a brain that can easily release a huge amount of dopamine.
Dopamine is the “happy chemical” in our brains, it creates stimulation, and helps concentrate. However, excessive amount of dopamine can create “strange, weird and socially-unacceptable” behaviors, like the drug addicts when they just inject themselves with heroin or meth.
Consider the case of me having a motion disability back in June, 2018, that seemed to be more of a dysfunctionality of an extreme lack of good sleep. I was not able to walk normally, initially I thought I got myself into some very infectious disease, however in the end, it seemed like it was due to I had not had good sleep and enough sleep for a long time.
The symptom I had was that I could not walk normally, whenever I walked with my right leg out, and my left leg completely collapsed. It was like a cripple walking, and his left leg was totally out of his control. My left leg could not walk normally, and there was nothing I could do about it, it did not listen to my control anymore.
But this motion disability is not Tourette’s, looking back from now. That was a much severe disability of my neurological system than simply Tourette’s.
And it did not follow the procedure of what was described above as the common Tourette’s sequence.
It did not take a detour, nor did it head into multiple different directions, it stopped. It stopped amidst the sequence, from A-B-C-D, became A-B-C, and that’s it. It never allowed to finish the sequence, it just stopped in the middle. And I think that’s why it caused my left leg to collapse when I tried to walk normally.
This symptom is gone at this moment, as long as I get enough sleep, it’s ok.
However, high amount of stress at this moment is still creating a lot of troubles for me, primarily, Tourette’s.
But my Tourette’s is a much milder version than what most Tourette’s people have. And still, I need medication to calm down my neurological system in order for it to function normally again.