Tourette’s Syndrome is a neurological disorder which causes involuntary movements or sounds, called tics. Although the first things that comes to mind for most people are language tics, in reality, Tourette’s related may manifest as a wide variety of uncontrollable behaviors or movements, which people with the syndrome must deal with on a daily basis.
Let’s take a look at some famous people who struggled and succeeded with Tourette’s:
1. Dan Aykroyd
Famous comedian, actor, and Ghostbuster, Aykroyd struggled with both Tourette’s and Asperger’s from a young age.
2. Howie Mandel
Comedian and host of Deal or No Deal, Mandel struggles with Tourette’s in addition to his OCD.
3. Steve Wallace
NASCAR driver, Wallace was diagnosed at around 6-7 years old. His tics are relatively mild and cause him to twitch his head and eyes.
4. David Beckham
Soccer (football) player for Manchester United for many years, struggled with both TS and OCD.
5. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Former basketball player known for having the most accurate free-throw shooting records. His tics were quite noticeable even during games, but they also helped him perfect his free-throw shooting and have a successful 9 year career.
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