Smelling tics

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Smelling tics manifest as an urge to smell something, sometimes without a specific pattern or when a specific thing is in view.

As sniffing is widely considered a vocal tic, the act of smelling could be also. This is despite no desire to make an audible sound.

Smelling tics can make a sufferer particularly self-conscious

This is particularly true when done in public, whether in school, at work or with family and friends.

There may be a desire to smell something particularly inappropriate, or when combined with an intrusive thought. Some tics are better described as Tourettic-OCD (sometimes abbreviated to TOCD), when a tic like urge is more obsessional in nature.

During the pandemic, many people reported losing a sense of smell. A smelling tic, without the ability to smell for periods of time, could increase stress levels.

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