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Well, I've been mulling about whether or not I wanted to post here for a while now, and I figured since bdennis took the leap, I will, too.

I was dx with Tourette's Syndrome two years ago -- or possibly a form of dystonia; without a DNA test, it seems there's no absolute confirmation, but I reacted well to drugs, so my doc leans towards TS... whatever, it sucks either way.

I am lucky in that whatever it is that I have is pretty mild; I have some facial tics and occasionally have vocal tics, but those are pretty quiet and no one has ever seemed to notice but me. For the most part, people say they don't notice the tics, or they think that they're nerves, for the most part. And I think for the most part, I'm the only one who has a problem with it. But since I'm the one who has to live with it, I think that's a pretty important fact. But add on the attendant OCD and depression, and it's not the greatest package.

I was taking several drugs to control the tics, including, and looking back, I can't believe I accepted this, haldol, which is hardly an innocuous medication. It did work wonderfully, but the risk of tardive dyskinesia was too scary, so I stopped taking it.

Add the family history of major depression, and you're looking at one basket case. Though I did get great teeth... not the greatest trade...

I dunno. I guess it's one of those things that, in retrospect, could be a hell of a lot worse, and I know that there are people who are in much worse situations than I am, but since *I* am the one in the situation, well, I'm gonna be selfish and say I wish it were someone else.
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