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!
I often have quite involved conversations with myself. I suppose it is one way of conversing with someone on exactly the same level as myself!
I also find myself involuntarily saying things out loud that shouldn't be said in mixed company - and I'm not referring to swear words, but most inappropriate phrases. They just come out of my mouth without me realising until I actually hear the words, it is quite involuntary. But it is also very embarrassing. Luckily most of the time it is quite soft, more under my breath than really out loud. Whether this is an autistic trait I don't know but I find myself doing it on the bus or at my desk at work.
All part of life's rich tapestry I suppose!
me too. Yes, it's part of 'echolalia' and nonsense utterances and uncontrolled speech, which is part of autism - i have ocd as well, and it's in that as well too
I tend to suffer with this if I am thinking about something that has happened in the past and it is particularly embarrassing or upsetting in some way. The memories are quite vivid so I tend to feel all the emotions that go with them and sometimes I will repeat phrases that I had said at the time, involuntarily. If I don't make a phrase or sound, then I will hit/tap something with my hand repeatedly for 3 to 5 times. I have noticed recently I do it in the car a lot if I am stuck in traffic and my mind wanders. Before I know it I am back in the present, tapping my steering wheel or hitting my body lightly in a rhythm. No idea why I do it and it can be embarrassing, but not sure it is it tourettes.
I think I’m a combination of several responses. Yes I talk to myself or to animals out loud both in and out of company.. more in probably ( like a work or shop setting) I’m often unaware I’m doing it until asked “were you speaking to me?” ie is a response required or not! I also exclaim about things sometimes. Recently I have noticed more of the echolaic presentation of repeating words or sentences and in some situations the hand tapping or clapping which again is involuntary and embarrassing when made aware of it. I just thought everyone talked to themselves!
I’ve recently noticed that I do a weird thing with my hands when I’m starting to feel stressed. I’m not sure if I always did it and that I’ve onky just noticed, or I used to suppress it before! I used to go for a regular full body massage and the woman was always amazed at how tense my body was. I’m realising that I suppressed a lot of stress, and now that I’m acknowledging it more, instead of trying to mask it, I’m noticed lots of other things. Such as I tap the left hand side of my chest and sometimes I talk gibberish! Lol!
I also get the vivid memories and feel the emotions.
I foynd EFT (emotional freedom technique) used to work, and I guess that’s what you’re doing with the tapping. I ought to maybe revisit EFT. Thanks for the reminder.
Does it alienate people...or alienate YOU from people. ......I know what you mean Robert123
Self soothing? ....techniques to calm oneself and retain balance.
That's interesting. My wife and I both do it when we're together (or on our own), often with the same phrases. We used not to do it in front of our children when they were younger, but as they approached adulthoot it just crept in - much less stressful not having to worry about not doing it.It also involves wriggling toes semi-randomly, usually at the same time as the speech. No idea why we do it - it really is below the level of concious.Sometimes it's even when we're half-awake in the middle of the night.
Haha I’ve started to notice the toe wiggle thing in me! It’s fascinating, and you’re right, it’s much easier to let it be than to control and filter our every move.
I've been doing this since I was in primary school. About two years after I started comprehensive school, I bumped into someone I knew who went to a different comp, and he said that he had noticed that he had heard me swearing, etc. That would be 1985 when I went from primary to comp. I was told I might be ASD as well as a diagnosis of BPD in 1998.