There are a wide variety of people that suffer from neurological and psychological disorders. These disorders affect the person who has it, as well as the friends and families around them. These families go through a lot, just like my family did. Families who don’t have a problem like tourette syndrome cannot relate to the people who have gone through this disorder.

My life is going very well right now. College is right down the road and I am very excited. Life was not always this easy and great. In my younger years of school, I was diagnosed with a slight version of Tourette Syndrome. I would not be shouting out loud words and phrases over and over again, but I would have trouble talking and having some tics that would bring attention to me. In more detail, talking was very hard for me. Whenever I would read out loud, I would stutter and think of how I am reading it. This led to my social life being difficult to maintain. I would always be that one kid to sit in the other end of the room while all the other kids were playing. The thought of me not having any social interactions or being social crossed my mind many times throughout my life. Within the past 2 years, my social interactions have skyrocketed. I am comfortable with people I talk to and it is all thanks to the therapy groups I participated in that taught me how to manage this disorder, which was key.

This diagnosis often is misunderstood by people. A variety of obstacles must be overcome in order to adapt to their surroundings and survive in todays fast paced, unforgiving world. Tourette Syndrome tends to affect males three to four times more often than females. These numbers are only the facts and not the stories being told about these severe problems families have to go through every day. All I can say is thanks to my family and friends who understand my disorder as a whole and helped me flourish into what I am today.