That ominous sensation which has been coming with greater frequency these days. Most people think that Tourette’s means you scream obscenities at random strangers and call the nice lady at the supermarket a fat old hag — that’s called coprolalia, which affects about ten percent of the Tourette’s population. This is signified by a constant inability to get comfortable — shifting, fidgeting, twitching, moving.The city's inhabitants worshiped local Semitic deities, Mesopotamian and Arab gods.By the third century AD, Palmyra was a prosperous regional center reaching the apex of its power in the 260s, when Palmyrene King Odaenathus defeated Persian Emperor Shapur I.There is a homeless man in my neighborhood who I suspect has Tourette’s.He wanders the streets, screaming and grunting, and everyone is afraid of him. But one morning, I saw him sitting on the hood of my car. So much of life is spent trying to maintain control of the things around us — our jobs, our relationships, debt, fear, worried thoughts that crawl into our brains during idle moments. That is my control." data-reactid="105"I fight the battles that I can win, because it all comes down to choice. If I could change it, if a genie showed up and offered me the chance to live without Tourette’s, I’d say, “Absolutely, get that shit out of here.I have to excuse myself in social situations often, or everyone at Jamba Juice will be wondering why the tired-looking twitchy girl keeps punching herself in the chest.The vocal tics in particular are impossible to hide, which is why I have considered fronting a metal band that only performs last minute shows, running anywhere from five minutes to three hours.
One percent of people have tic disorders — which is so rare that, while typing this essay, my computer didn’t recognize the word “tic.” (I had to add it to my dictionary several times before Google Docs would acknowledge my existence.) Most cases of tic disorders arise in childhood and abate throughout adolescence.
He was rocking back and forth, arms curled up into his chest, shrieking into the sky. I’ve had to begrudgingly adjust to the resignation that this will be the rest of my life. I can cling to the idea of what could be, or I can accept the reality of what is, and do everything in my power to improve it. And take these spider veins with you while you’re at it.” But it’s not going away anytime soon — so I have accepted it as a unique facet of myself. Maybe, someday, I will live a life free of fidgets and tics and zombie-warthog noises.
As I got closer, he turned sharply toward me, his eyes wild with fear.
Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD.
The city grew wealthy from trade caravans; the Palmyrenes were renowned merchants who established colonies along the Silk Road and operated throughout the Roman Empire.
Only an estimated five to fourteen percent of people with Tourette’s have tics that worsen in adulthood. And then it’s in your fingers and ankles and neck and wrists and it’s four o’clock in the morning and you have to be up at 7 a.m.