Kissing tics

Kissing people or objects is surprisingly common in tic-disorders. This unwanted urge can make us feel extremely awkward, especially in public.

Texas Children’s Hospital lists kissing tics as a complex tic. These tics are defined by as tics that:

‘usually involve several different parts of the body and can have a pattern’.

Kissing may be considered more complex depending on how it occurs. Walking to kiss something, or having to kiss someone specifically, is more complex than simply pouting the lips. 

As with most tics, severity and complexity varies from person to person and tic to tic.

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