Teenage Girls Developing Uncontrollable Tics During Lockdown

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05 Jun 2021, 9:27 pm

Psychiatrists are describing an "explosion of tics" as more and more girls are sent home for twitching, shouting, hitting and collapsing at school

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Sixteen-year-old Jodie* had climbed into her grandparents’ car to go for lunch when she started uncontrollably squeaking. Freya*, 15, was sent home from school when her neck started jerking wildly. Teachers became concerned about Charlotte, 11, when her eyes started rolling back in her head. Two days later, she had a debilitating fit. Sadie, 14, just couldn’t stop poking her tongue out.

These girls are a handful of the many female adolescents in the UK who’ve developed tic disorders like Tourette’s during the pandemic – conditions that are categorised by repetitive and involuntary movements and sounds.


Read More https://www.vice.com/en/article/88n4ap/ ... s-lockdown



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05 Jun 2021, 9:56 pm

They don't care.


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05 Jun 2021, 10:57 pm

So according to the paediatrian interviewed in the Vice Article

“There are also suspected personal vulnerability factors, for instance unidentified neurodevelopmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, specific learning difficulties and ADHD) and previous history of anxiety symptoms. Family history of neurodevelopmental disorders including tics, chronic illness, anxiety and depression are also important,” she explains.

It's not like these are NT girls who randomly develop tics. The girls are likely to have an underlying neurological condition triggered by lockdown. The lockdown is a form of "diathesis stress".



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06 Jun 2021, 12:55 am

the tic from tik tok? :o

I missed the link for this in my first reading.

Role of social media?

There is some concern that social media and websites such as TikTok that promote the sharing of videos of influencers with symptoms may have a part to play. These sites appear to have exploded in popularity; for example, the site TikTok #tourettes (https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMe8e62aS/ accessed 12 Feb 2021) has 2.5 billion views, having approximately doubled in viewing in the last month (January–February 2021). Some teenage girls report increased consumption of such videos prior to symptom onset, while others have posted videos and information about their movements and sounds on social media sites. They report that they gain peer support, recognition and a sense of belonging from this exposure. This attention and support may be inadvertently reinforcing and maintaining symptoms. The role of social media needs further exploration, particularly the potential for ‘contagion’ and the maladaptive gains that might unintentionally arise from this peer identification.

https://adc.bmj.com/content/106/5/420



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06 Jun 2021, 1:00 am

How does watching Tik Tok induce tics? I think its more plausible that these are stress-induced from long periods of lockdown and curtailed freedoms. Maybe these teens are watching screens late into the night resulting sleep problems.

Stress and sleep problems are both known to induce neurological changes such as tics



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06 Jun 2021, 2:43 am

We have to see if they develop tocs also.



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06 Jun 2021, 6:41 am

most of them already have that.

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06 Jun 2021, 1:33 pm

So...if youre forced indoors you get tics from stress.

But if youre free to go outdoors ...you ticks (the 8 legged kind that carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme's disease).

So ya cant win!



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06 Jun 2021, 2:56 pm

Lockdown does no good to anybody. All it might do is prevent a couple of thousand more COVID deaths than we already had during lockdown (which was a lot anyway). All lockdown does is bring the country into trillions of unpayable debt, cause people to become lonely, isolated, mentally ill, and physically ill from not being exposed to other germs our immune systems need to thrive, causes children to lack development on their social skills and lack in important education, and lots more.


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06 Jun 2021, 2:58 pm

Quick!Burn all the witches!! Witchery is afoot in the village.


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06 Jun 2021, 5:27 pm

Misslizard wrote:
Quick!  Burn all the witches!  Witchery is afoot in the village.
I am glad you mentioned witches...
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In January 1692, 9-year-old Elizabeth (Betty) Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams (the daughter and niece of Samuel Parris, minister of Salem Village) began having fits, including violent contortions and uncontrollable outbursts of screaming.  After a local doctor, William Griggs, diagnosed bewitchment, other young girls in the community began to exhibit similar symptoms, including Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott and Mary Warren.  In late February, arrest warrants were issued for the Parris’ Caribbean slave, Tituba, along with two other women–the homeless beggar Sarah Good and the poor, elderly Sarah Osborn–whom the girls accused of bewitching them.
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In an effort to explain by scientific means the strange afflictions suffered by those "bewitched" Salem residents in 1692, a study published in Science magazine in 1976 cited the fungus ergot (found in rye, wheat, and other cereals), which toxicologists say can cause symptoms such as delusions, vomiting and muscle spasms.
So it would seem that another likely explanation may be a bio-chemical one (e.g., hallucinogenic fungus spores) than a purely psychological one.

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 This Article on "Salem Witch Trials" 


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06 Jun 2021, 5:32 pm

Well until this tic talk is found outside the UK, Fnord may be on to something..

But all the Halucinogenic fungus I have tried dont give me tics, even though Im adhd and had a twitchy eyelid once.

maybe an alergy?



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06 Jun 2021, 5:35 pm

Look up "Toxic Mould".


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06 Jun 2021, 5:59 pm

Good catch Fnord, Mycotoxins released indoors are associated with muscle twitches



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06 Jun 2021, 9:45 pm

Know your mold.
https://moldguide101.com/types-of-mold/blue-mold/


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07 Jun 2021, 12:17 am

Damn!
If you suspect any blue mold infestation, try to have further examination when you experience the following symptoms:

Itchy eyes
Constant sneezing
Nasal congestion
Itchy lips
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Etc