[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Have Tourette’s, Have to repeatedly explain why you don’t swear”]
So I have Tourette’s Syndrome, but I’m one of the lucky ones. I don’t swear, and I don’t do anything obscene. I am on prescription painkillers for the damage my tics can do to me, and my wrists often end up in bandage because of my condition. I also sit just on the fence of OCD and ADD, two common co-morbids of Tourette’s. So of course, I get no actual treatment for any of it.
I get told, almost every time I tell someone that I have Tourette’s, that I don’t. Because I don’t swear.
I am the 90%, that don’t swear.
This is one of the most blatant example of why stereotypes of disability can fuck people over because most people seriously do not know this. I thought that it made you swear for YEARS before I came across a frustrated vent post saying most people with Tourette’s have a vocal tic that you wouldn’t even think of as the same thing.
Spreading misinformation is often worse than none at all, I’d rather have someone google my illnesses and learn about them via webMD or even wikipedia than have them learn them from jokes on late night tv.