Awareness of Tourette syndrome rises after spike in reported tics and Billie Eilish reveals her childhood diagnosis

As a fifth grade student at Stratford, Bridget Phelan-Nelson used to shout the same series of obscenities every morning. “I said it over and over again on my way to school so I wouldn’t say it at school,” recalls Phelan-Nelson, now 39. She also had multiple motor tics throughout middle and high school, including one that earned her the nickname “Bunny”.

Even though motor and vocal tics are telltale signs of Tourette syndrome, a neurological condition characterized by involuntary and repetitive movements and sounds, Phelan-Nelson was not diagnosed with Tourette until she was 16 years old.

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