Types Of Nervous Tics


Most of us, in moments of great anxiety and worry, have experienced some group of muscles that we can normally move at will, such as the eyelids, lips, etc., moving involuntarily, that is, nervous tics.

These usually appear in childhood and disappear as we grow, except in stressful situations. Sometimes, however, they continue to recur in adulthood, especially when they have their origin in a genetic predisposition or a neurological disorder. Although they may seem that way at first glance, not all tics are the same and, therefore, experts group them into different categories. Continue reading this article to learn about the different types of nervous tics.

motor tics

These usually appear in the preschool stage, anywhere on the body, and then disappear just as suddenly. The motor tics They are divided into two types:

  • Simple: They are the most common and are due to sudden and brief movements, such as winking, blinking, grimacing, shaking the head vertically and horizontally, and shrugging the shoulders.
  • Complexes: They involve more complex muscle groups, such as jumping, stomping, or punching yourself.

Vocal tics

Two exists types of vocal tics:

  • Simple: moaning, clearing your throat, coughing, snorting, or making nasal noises.
  • Complexes: They include behaviors such as echolalia (repeating the words that are said to us), alilalia (repeating our own words) or coprolalia (uttering obscene or inappropriate words).

Transient and chronic tics

The transient tics They can be vocal or motor and are quite frequent, since we can find them in the 15% of children. They usually last less than a year and are usually associated with school or behavioral problems. When they last more than one year, they are considered chronic tics and they do not disappear completely, although the intensity of the symptoms varies according to emotional states.

Tourette syndrome

It is a disorder that combines motor and vocal tics. Its origin is hereditary and is usually associated with other disorders such as OCD or ADD.

This article is merely informative, at PsychologyFor we do not have the power to make a diagnosis or recommend a treatment. We invite you to go to a psychologist to treat your particular case.

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