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What Makes Me Tic?

  • 39 mins
  • 91%
  • All Ages
  • United States of America FlagUSUnited States of America
  • 2013
  • Documentaries

When we are faced with overwhelming challenges in our lives, it is often said that it's not the challenges themselves, but it's how we react to them that matters. We may be surprised that sometimes the challenges we face can often motivate us to achieve more than we ever expected. The documentary film, "What Makes Me Tic?" is a powerful look into four average Americans living with the often misunderstood disorder, Tourette's Syndrome. How do their "tics" affect their daily lives? Are they seen as weird or crazy in public? Does living with Tourette's cause them to be anti-social or depressed? These questions are answered when "What Makes Me Tic?" interviews Natasha, Josh, Calvert and Peter to find out how they live and work with the disorder. Natasha was diagnosed with Tourette's when she was seven years old. Today at age twelve, she's organizing a Tourette's Syndrome Awareness Walk not allowing herself to be defined by her facial and vocal tics. Josh has been living with Tourette's since he was a child. Damaged teeth, bruises and scars are only a few examples of the damage he's caused himself because of his uncontrollable tics. Today, his ambitious personality helped him succeed in his career as a librarian and to write a memoir titled "The World's Strongest Librarian". Calvert was diagnosed with Tourette's while in his fifties. His recent PhD from Brigham Young University and his position as Chairman of the Tourette Syndrome Association, Utah Chapter gives him an outlet to talk and help others better understand the disorder. Peter has an extremely emotional story. Once diagnosed with one of the worst cases of Tourette's Syndrome in the United States, Peter has beaten the odds. He underwent experimental brain surgery to help reduce his severe tics which previously caused him to shake and sweat. Peter looks ahead with his message of hope and determination. "What Makes Me Tic" is a film that not only educates, but offers hope for people who may not feel accepted or understood by their family, friends, or even society.