Awareness of Tourette's syndrome is growing after a sharp rise in reported tics and Billie Eilish's revelation of her childhood diagnosis

Awareness of Tourette’s syndrome is growing after a sharp rise in reported tics and Billie Eilish’s revelation of her childhood diagnosis

Growing up in fifth grade in Stratford, Bridget Phelan Nelson used to scream the same string of obscenities every morning. “I would repeat it over and over while going to school so I wouldn’t say it at school,” Phelan Nelson, now 39, recalls. She also had several motor tics throughout middle school and high school, including a twitching nose that earned her the nickname “Rabbit.”

Although motor and vocal tics are telltale signs of Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological condition characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and sounds, Phelan Nelson’s Tourette was not diagnosed until she was 16 years old.

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