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Tue Oct 19, 2021, 09:35 AM

"Teen girls are developing tics, Doctors say Tik-Tok could be to blame."



Snip< "Movement-disorder doctors were stumped at first. Girls with tics are rare, and these teens had an unusually high number of them, which had developed suddenly. After months of studying the patients and consulting with one another, experts at top pediatric hospitals in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. discovered that most of the girls had something in common"


Snip< "specialists at other major institutions have also reported similar surges. Since March 2020, Texas Children’s Hospital has reported seeing approximately 60 teens with such tics, whereas doctors there saw one or two cases a year before the pandemic. At the Johns Hopkins University Tourette’s Center, 10% to 20% of pediatric patients have described acute-onset tic-like behaviors, up from 2% to 3% a year before the pandemic"

My niece developed tics last year, thought this might be relevant for some of you.


https://www.wsj.com/articles/teen-girls-are-developing-tics-doctors-say-tiktok-could-be-a-factor-11634389201?mod=e2tw

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Reply "Teen girls are developing tics, Doctors say Tik-Tok could be to blame." (Original post)
sarcasmo Oct 19 OP
vanlassie Oct 19 #1
Wingus Dingus Oct 19 #3
janterry Oct 19 #4
Wingus Dingus Oct 19 #2
janterry Oct 19 #5
cilla4progress Oct 19 #6

Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:05 AM

1. Did the locked article give a reason?

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:06 AM

3. I googled the topic and was able to read Insider with the same info.

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:15 AM

4. I posted this earlier

teens girls are well known to respond to things like this - it's a social contagion. Anorexia is a good example (the more it was taught - the more girls became anorexic). But there are many other examples (and some we haven't studied).

We are doing a disservice to teen girls by not recognizing this phenomena.

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:05 AM

2. They're watching people with actual Tourette's on Tik Tok (why?), and now

they can't stop imitating these Tourette sufferers? Come on. Do they stutter when they see people stutter? Some sort of mass induced hysteria.

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:15 AM

5. social contagion

it's a well known phenomena with teen girls (in particular).

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:33 AM

6. I had a young family member who had this

About 15 years ago.

She outgrew it, I believe. Maybe meds, too.

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