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My 27 year wait for an NHS diagnosis

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1014
  1. Christopher Mansley

    The Giilles De La Tourette Syndrome makes a customary appearance in the Christmas issue of the BMJ where it has usually been given a somewhat frivolous treatment. But sufferers have deeper insights into the condition.

    When I was a few months old I exhibited hyperactive behaviour and Tourette's Syndrome first manifested itself at the age of 2. The compulsive destruction of objects and people started at 3 and resulted in beatings from my parents. When I started school the compulsive behaviour increased in severity, resulting in a social worker being called in. She observed the compulsive behaviour which manifested itself in motor tics, grunting, sniffing, touching, counting, checking, twirling round in circles, nipping people, throwing things, making obscene gestures (copropraxia), repeating other people's word (echolalia), repeating my own words (palilalia), repeating other people's body movements (echopraxia), and throat clearing. Thirty …

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