By: Alan Densky
Category: Stress Management
Facial tics are characterized by sudden, apparently uncontrolled muscle contractions of muscle groups in the face. These contractions are habitually repetitive in nature, and appear to have no real purpose. Common tics are exaggerated eye blinking, squinting, nose wrinkling, facial grimacing or even vocalizations such as grunting or throat clearing. Tics often manifest themselves during childhood, and often resolve as the child ages. This is not always the situation, though, and many people continue to experience tics as they enter adulthood.
Tics often increase in regularity as an individual feels stress or discomfort. Victims who suffer from tics report they are able to feel a tic approach. It's often described as an overwhelming feeling of tension and the wish to engage the tic to break the tension; somewhat akin to the approaching urge to yawn or sneeze which relieves the sufferer. Trying to control a tic can cause stress, which can lead to the onset of another tic. Tics are often described as being automatic but research and reports from victims indicates they are indeed voluntary motions that can be controlled by the victim.
A tic can be seen as a simple tic, as in grunting, mouth twitches or facial grimaces or it can be more complex such as is often seen in Tourette syndrome. Simple tics are more usual than complex tics, but can be just as discomforting to the sufferer; while a facial tic does not cause physical pain to the victim, it often triggers mental distress or social problems.
Children, in particular, can have a hard time living with a tic due to mocking from other children, or teachers that don't fully realize the thorny situation the child is in. While tics are often described as not being totally involuntary, control of a tic can be quite difficult to establish, especially for children. Children often do not establish the skills to become aware of a starting tic as well as an adult.
Adults often face critical problems in their lives when living with a facial tic. Social problems are very common, and even when tics are generally controlled the adult can become quite tired by the incessant need to identify the onset of and control the tic impulse. Adults and children alike may suffer from self-worth or self-esteem issues due to their continuous suffering from a disease that often causes them to become social outcasts.
Relieving a victim of the pain of a facial tic can be a life-changing experience. Self-esteem usually improves, and social anxiety is no longer an issue holding a person back from experiencing a full life. In children, relieving a tic may let the child develop with less tension while he/she has a happier childhood.
Over the years, many treatments for tics have been used with varying degrees of success. Psychotherapy or counseling can help discover the emotional causes of a tic, and may help an individual understand better how to thwart the urge to do their tic. Mild sedatives and other forms of medication are sometimes successful in cases of simple tics. These medications often come saddled with unwanted side effects, so many people seek alternative treatments.
Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) methods have been created particularly for the purpose of dealing with tics. Since facial tics are not strictly involuntary in nature, these treatments aim to change the sufferer's unconscious response to the onset of a tic episode such as facial grimacing or throat clearing. In most cases this can be done by allowing the unconscious mind to abort the tic's onset. In some extreme cases, however, the victim's response will be redirected to some innocuous portion of the body such as twitching a toe instead of facial muscles.
Facial tics can be an awkward life-affecting problem. Children and adults alike can suffer a lot from the existence of a facial tic such as grunting, nose wrinkling, facial grimaces, mouth twitches, squinting or eye blinking. Eliminating a facial tic can prove very advantageous to the victim on an emotional level.
Although many treatments have been created to fight against facial tics, NLP and Hypnotherapy aim to utilize natural unconscious methods of redirecting the tic response. This type of treatment has great benefit over other methods such as psychotherapy, which may not help the tic behavior at all, or attempt to modify the conscious feeling about tic behavior.
NLP and Hypnotherapy also do not suffer from the unwanted side effects of drugs. This beneficial method of treatment can also reduce tension and worry in the victim's life, thereby both reducing the impulse to form a tic and proving an advantage in everyday life. Due to these factors, NLP and Hypnotherapy are often the safest, most preferred methods of treatment for tic sufferers.
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