Lip pouting and pursing tics

Lip pouting and pursing involves ‘puckering’ the lips, similar to giving a kiss. 

It is a motor tic with it being movement-based. It may occur as a standalone tic, with other lip-related tics or as part of a wider complex-tic.

Lip-pouting is a simple tic, and fairly common. For some, the only difference between this and a kissing tic is that there is no contact between the lips and someone/something else.

Occasionally this tic may come with an associated vocal tic, such as saying a word or making a lip ‘popping’ sound. 

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