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Boy With Tourette Syndrome Finds Solace Through Singing

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“Just live with what you’ve got, who cares?”

Meet Adam Ladell. At first glance, Adam seems like your average teenager. And like any millennial, Adam loves technology, constantly filming his day to day activities in order to boost his online presence (he currently has nearly 7,000 subscribers and over 404,200 views on YouTube). Then, as you keep watching the lively, personable teenager, you’ll notice the tic.

Adam suffers from Tourette syndrome, the neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by uncontrollable physical and verbal tics. Adam also has OCD, ADHD, and anxiety problems, but you’d never know based on how he carries himself with so much confidence and personality in his videos.

Using his Tourette’s as a sort of running gag, Adam has vowed to document his own problems as a humorous way to teach others about TS, which an estimated 138,000 children in the US have, and which generally lessens or disappears completely as these teens move into adulthood.

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One of the most astounding aspects of Adam’s Tourette’s is how well he can manage his tics while performing. Relaxation methods have been shown to help reduce outbursts in people who suffer from TS, and Adam’s knack for music is an exceptional example.

The difference when he sings his original music is like night and day.

Many people associate Tourette’s with uncontrollable fits of yelling and cursing, but the disorder is much deeper than its outward expressions.

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Wonder what it’s like to have Tourette syndrome? Here’s a Q&A Adam had with his YouTube fans. See if he answers your questions!

One of the biggest misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome is that the main symptom is the uncontrollable speaking or yelling of swear words. In fact, this characteristic is its own disorder, called coprolalia (from the Greek for feces and talk), and only about 10% of people with Tourette’s show signs of it.

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In this video, Adam explains what it’s like to suffer from occasional coprolalia, which he refers to as “the one thing I cannot stand. It really gets to me.” Adam also suffers from occasional copropraxia, the uncontrollable performance of obscene gestures.