For a while, Tourette syndrome was a staple of comedies, both highbrow and low. Who can forget the vulgar tirades from Amy Poehler's character in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," or the way Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character sweetly excuses the cursing game he plays with Zooey Deschanel's character in "500 Days of Summer" by telling passersby he has Tourette? Thanks to media representations like these, the majority of us have vast misconceptions about Tourette syndrome. Let's bust these myths wide open.
Myth #1: Everyone With Tourette Syndrome Curses Uncontrollably
Myth #2: Tourette Syndrome Is a Mental Illness
Myth #3: People With Tourette Syndrome Can Control It If They Want To
Myth #4: You Can Grow Out of Tourette Syndrome
Myth #5: People With Tourette Syndrome Can't Lead Normal Lives
The Dancer With Tourette Syndrome
Written by Ashley Hamer August 22, 2018
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