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Moderately severe episode of my tic disorder w/ apnea

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Published on Feb 21, 2011

This is only a portion of my symptoms; I also sometimes get contractures, severe intentional tremor, mutism, etc. Maybe at some point I'll make a compilation video of all of them. Comment if this is something you'd want.

See http://bit.ly/saitwitch for the full info, and http://saizai.com/tic_cards.png for the summary info I carry with me in my wallet.

It's a non-Tourette's tic. I don't get vocal tics (other than air forced out by full upper torso spasm) or the like.

Most of the time I'm completely normal (neurologically at least); I only have symptoms during an episode. Those can last anywhere from 15 min to 8 hours and vary pretty widely in severity, from something you wouldn't even notice unless I pointed it out, to severe full body contractures, spasms, mutism, etc.

At the time of this video, I'm taking 0.25mg clonazepam 3/day. It helps significantly. It'll probably go up in dose; I've had negative side effects, so mainly just trying to figure out a good balance point.

This video is licensed CC by-nc-nd.

You're welcome to use it for medical demonstrations, so long as you email me info about your talk and credit the video to me. I can be reached at saizai.com.

I'm a grad student in social neuroscience, so ironically I find my own disorder a bit academically interesting.

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