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The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I am grateful for the continued public awareness and open discussions about this very serious topic. In a recent Impact Survey led by the TAA, an alarming 51% of adults and 32% of parents of children with TS reported to have considered suicide or participated in self-harming behaviors. In light of this, there are a number of helpful organizations (AFSP, NIMH, NAMI) and resources to support you and your loved ones, including Chapters and Support Groups across the country. Please know that if you need help, there is always someone to call. A Support Group Leader from the TAA Florida Chapter shared a personal story about how suicidal thoughts impacted her family that really hit home for me.
kelsstory
Throughout my Air Force career, there were times where I worried military medical bureaucracy would prevent me from doing the things I wanted to do. I was determined that I would not take no for an answer, and pushed hard to show that I could do the job … I graduated top of my class from Explosive Ordnance Disposal school, and commanded an EOD flight, the military equivalent of a bomb squad.
2augustwebinar
While living with tics and other co-occurring conditions can certainly bring substantial difficulty, coping with a chronic condition like Tourette Syndrome can also build persistence, grit, and determination. In this free webinar, Dr. Kenneth Phelps, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, will identify key components of adapting and thriving while living with tics.
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Are you interested in helping others find hope and inspiration through your personal experiences? The Tourette Association of America is looking for personal stories from the Tourette Syndrome community to be featured throughout the upcoming annual report. We believe experiences from our community are the most impactful way to improve awareness and understanding, and will reshape what people think about TS.
kevinwilliamsonblog
“So as I reach the later stages of my life, the tics are a part of me, and don't seem to be going anywhere. Admittedly, if some sort of practical treatment were to come forth, it is my subdued dream to be tic free and see what it is like to be at peace in my body. The years of tics have created some arthritis as well as other aches and pains in the areas of manifestation, and I do not know the peace that a "normal" person knows.” - Kevin