Tik Tok user @Saddiqhead took to the platform to share what it’s like living with Tourette’s Syndrome.
The video which has since been viewed over 640K times drives home the message about why it’s insensitive to tell people with the condition to stop the ‘tics’ they have no control over.
Kaya Drive with Sizwe found the video highlights an important point about how people react to those with disabilities and this sparked the topic of conversation on the show this Tuesday.
Tourette’s syndrome is a central nervous system condition that causes people to make sudden movements or sounds called tics.
In the video, Saddiq can be seen trying to control his tics, which he describes as a build-up of pressure and an electric current passing through him which brings him a level of discomfort.
Watch the video below:
Tourettes Syndrome Awareness month is between 15 May – 15 June.
There are two types of tics:
Motor tics which involve movement and include:
- Arm or head jerking
- Making a face
- Mouth twitching
- Shoulder shrugging
Vocal tics which include:
- Barking or yelping
- Clearing your throat
- Repeating what someone else says