Shouting and screaming tics

Shouting is a very common vocal tic seen in Tourette and tic disorders. 

Often the focus of media attention, shouting sometimes consists of coprolalia, the urge to swear. This isn’t always the case, and there are no limits as to what sounds, words or phrases are used.

Shouting is a vocal tic

Vocal tics are tics that use the voice. 

Shouting is a very common example, and can be in the form of yelling noises, sounds, words or phrases.

More articles on Motor and Vocal tics

Is shouting simple or complex?

Shouting can consist of more simple actions, such as yelling a word or making a sound.

Sometimes it consists of more complex sentences, or carried out with a movement. 

Main article: The difference between simple and complex tics

Shouting tics can cause additional problems for the individual

Shouting tics can be very stressful. This is especially true when in public spaces. 

The specific tic can be seen as offensive or rude to someone else, especially if the tic seems to be personal to someone in the immediate area. 

Coprolalia- involving swearing- can draw unwanted attention also.

Despite the uncontrollable nature of tics, the general public is still largely uneducated on the condition.

Constant shouting can affect the vocal chords, and cause soreness to the throat.

Uncle Tics provides an insight into driving with shouting tics

Uncle Tics is a Tourette sufferer in New Zealand. Some of the videos he shares involve shouting tics and/or coprolalia.

It also highlights how passers by can be ‘targeted’ by such tics, as the unwanted urge manifests greatly at certain times.

Warning: Strong language that some viewers may find offensive.

Is this caused by Tourette syndrome?

Although shouting tics are very common in tic disorders, it is only sometimes caused by Tourette syndrome.

Duration and number of tics help determine if this is Tourette syndrome or not, and can only be diagnosed by those qualified to do so.

Main article: The difference between Tourette and other tic disorders

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