Very recently diagnosed with ASD. Does anyone else get a sort of mild Tourette's? When I am alone I tend to say things that I'm thinking, or come out with an involuntary groan or word. It happens particularly when I think of something embarrassing. Is this an ASD thingy? Thanks!
Hi, not sure if its an ASD thing but it sounds like it could be because it happens to me as well and not even always when I'm just by myself. If I'm relaxed in someone's company (rare), but if I am, it can happen and actually, thinking about it, it can happen anywhere if I'm by myself, such as in the supermarket! It was my elderly neighbour that pointed out that I made an odd noise, then I started to notice other sounds or words that I said and several times I thought, oh ***, have I got tourettes! lol! I think it's when I'm feeling relaxed with myself and thinking about it now, I have probably suppressed it most of my life because it's none seen as 'acceptable' so now that I am more relaxed with myself and spending more time alone, it's happening more. I know when I was really relaxed and happy with myself, I went to the supermarket one day and blurted something out to the woman selling cakes and I walked away thinking, my god, why did I say that, it felt like tourettes but I was feeling so good with myself that I just laughed and thought, my god, I really would have been called the village idiot years ago and for some reason, that was strangely comforting. Maybe those people were autistic but they were happy in themselves because they got to be themselves and the term was used quite affectionately anyway I think. Now you bring it up, it probably is that, that I was suppressing these things for all those years and now I'm finally letting them out! Not sure if it's like that for you. It will be interesting of others have this same thing. Thanks for bringing it up.
When I'm alone I talk to myself a lot.
When I'm with other people I make a conscious effort not to talk to myself because it alienates people.
I talk to myself alot too. I find it really helps me to process things. It is something I only do when I am alone unless I get highly stressed then I tend to mutter to myself.
I talk to myself all the time too. It helps to narrate what i'm doing. I don't get outbursts as such, but i do frequently get random words stuck in my head, which is like a silent version haha. Tends to be a word that i've recently heard for the first time, and either don't know what it means, or i really like the sound of it. They can get stuck for days at a time. No idea if that's a spectrum thing or just a quirk of my brain!
Yeah, I talk to myself as well, a lot, although like others on here, I try not to do it when in company. And yes, I can also get words stuck in my head for various different reasons, whether I just like the sound of it or it's a new word or whatever
I have this but with small pieces of music. I have The Simpsons intro song on my mind and I am constantly humming it, it has been like that for years! It will be the intro and the finishing music at the very end. I had The A team song on my mind for years too but that has gone now.
I will get words or phrases stuck in my head too. I have two phrases that just pop into my head at random times for no reason whatsoever. One is "What would win in a fight between a badger and a bear?" and the other is "I can't wait to immigrate." It sounds ridiculous having typed it out, especially as I have no idea where they originate from. But know I have started I may as well tell you that when I see certain words I will read it as it is, then read it again with the first letter missing, then the next letter until only the last letter of the word remains then repeat the whole process, but backwards until I have the original word.
So for example:
The word "mention", would become "ention", then "ntion" then, tion and so on.
I love that and I love that we're so diverse and interesting. I'm going to pay more attention to my thoughts because I know I do things with words but I can't think what it is at this minute. I count a lot and I repeat certain words that people say until I say it like they do and I get annoyed at some words and some words I just can't stand, I can't even say some words, I'd rather rip my throat out than say some words, I want to eliminate them from all existence.
That's brilliant! Unless you find it really annoying...
Thanks for sharing that, they're great examples