Nadeeja Koralage looks at the stigma around Tourette's syndrome and the impact of the media
- By: Nadeeja Koralage
What does Tourette's syndrome make you think of? Ally McBeal or that episode of the Simpsons when Bart had to be put on haloperidol and he s-l-o-w-e-d right down?
Eminem recently claimed to have the symptoms of Tourette's syndrome--this was later proved to be untrue. The validity of Tourette's syndrome has long been questioned, ever since it was named in the late 19th century. Do people who claim to have it actually have Tourette's syndrome or is it a case of poor social skills and bad parenting?
Tourette's syndrome does exist. The education article on p 12 gives you a rundown of the facts and explains what it is and how it is thought to work. The nature of doing socially unacceptable things at the worst possible times amuses the child in us. Tics are weird; they can make people who see them laugh. Sitting in on a clinic, I