I've Been Having Tics. Is There a Way to Stop This?

Published: March 10, 2021
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Dear TeenHealthFX, I have been experiencing what I believe to be tics, body movements that I cannot control, or if I try to it is really uncomfortable and happens later anyways, for about 2 weeks now. It started out slow, just shrugging my shoulders or twitching my wrist, although it is always rather aggressive but as the days go by more and more movements appear, like my head snapping to the side of my whole upper body twitching up. Today I also made some clicking by my throat, which is easier to control but I still do it if I let myself relax. When I think about it it gets worse, but when I am fully concentrated it leaves me alone. Is there any way to stop all of this? Thank you in advance. By: MP
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Dear I've Been Having Tics. Is There a Way to Stop This?,

Unfortunately, TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose over the internet. Based on the information you provide; it could be related to stress or another medical condition. Kids Health explains, that most tics can be triggered when someone is stressed out or anxious and generally go away on their own. However, if your tics last for a few months or you notice them interfering with daily life, we strongly recommend reaching out to a parent or trusted adult and getting checked out by a doctor. A doctor will be able to give you a definite answer and give you next steps.

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the  Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199  for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist.  

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