Discussing a child's Diagnosis with them.

Telling your child about any diagnosis is hard. It's especially difficult if your child is unaware of their condition or the symptoms that are connected to it. Despite this, it is important that we educate our children. Telling them about how their diagnosis manifests within them, can empower them. Being in 'the know' puts your child in a position where they firstly understand themselves and secondly can reply to people if they are asked questions, such as "why do you do that?" It's so common to hear adults with a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome say "I didn't know until I was x age that I had tourette's, I just thought I was weird", "I used to hide in my room when I was younger as I didn't know why I made these grunts" etc etc. These adults also state that they have endured anxiety, social reclusion and questioned their sanity due to not knowing about their condition. Many parents are particularly adverse to discussing a Tourette's diagnosis due to the suggestibility of tics. Yes, their concerns are valid, it is indeed possible that discussing Tourette's will exacerbate the child's tics BUT in most cases, this will be very short lived. When you weigh up a few days of extra tics vs a life time of understanding, it is worth it #tourettesawareness #Advocate #empowerourticcers

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