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Banish Facial Tics And Social Embarrassment Forever

Jun 9, 2008
Facial tics are characterized by abrupt, apparently reflex muscle contractions of muscle groups in the face and neck region. These contractions are frequently recurring in nature, and appear to have no actual point. Most tics are exaggerated eye blinking, squinting, nose wrinkling, facial grimacing or even vocalizations such as throat clearing or grunting. Tics often show up during childhood, and most of the time resolve as a child ages. This is not always the case, though, and many people continue to exhibit tics as they enter adulthood.

Tics often increase in occurrence as a person feels stress or discomfort. People who suffer from tics report they are often aware of a tic as it approaches. It's often described as an overwhelming feeling of tension and the compulsion to perform the tic to eliminate the tension; somewhat akin to the approaching urge to yawn or sneeze which relieves the victim. Controlling a tic can trigger stress, which can lead to the beginning of another tic. Tics are often described as being automatic but research and reports from sufferers indicates they are indeed voluntary motions that can be controlled by the sufferer.

A tic can manifest 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 commonly seen than complex tics, but they can be just as disturbing to the sufferer; while a facial tic does not cause physical pain to the sufferer, it often causes social problems or mental distress.

Children in particular, can have a difficult time dealing with a tic because of mocking from other kids, or teachers that don't fully realize the tricky 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 in children. Children often do not establish the skills to recognize a tic onset as well as an adult.

Adults can also face critical trouble in their lives when dealing with a facial tic. Social problems are quite common, and even when tics are generally controlled the adult can become very worn out by the incessant need to identify the onset of and control the tic impulse. Adults and children alike may suffer from self-esteem or self-worth issues due to their continuous suffering from a disease that often causes them to become social outcasts.

Relieving a person of the anxiety of a facial tic can be a life-changing experience. Self-esteem usually improves, and social anxiety is no longer a strength holding an individual 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 uncover the emotional causes of a tic, and may help a person understand better how to combat the urge to perform their tic. Mild sedatives and other forms of medication are sometimes successful in cases of simple tics. These medications often come saddled with negative side effects, so many people consider alternative treatments.

Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) methods have been created particularly for the purpose of overcoming 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 throat clearing or facial grimacing. In most cases this can be accomplished by allowing the unconscious mind to abort the onset of the tic. 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 uncomfortable life-affecting woe. Children and adults alike can suffer greatly 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 sufferer on an emotional level.

Although many treatments have been created to combat facial tics, Hypnotherapy and NLP aim to utilize natural unconscious methods of redirecting the tic response. This type of treatment has great benefit over other methods such as counseling, which may not treat the tic behavior at all, or attempt to change the conscious response to tic behavior.

Hypnotherapy and NLP also do not suffer from the unwanted side effects of drugs. This beneficial method of treatment can also diminish tension and anxiety 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, Hypnotherapy and NLP are often the safest, most preferred methods of treatment for tic sufferers.
About the Author
Alan B. Densky, CH offers hypnosis CDs for facial tics as well as a large array of popular titles for all stress related problems. For entertainment and education visit the Free video hypnosis library at his Neuro-VISION self hypnosis self improvement website. http://www.neuro-vision.us/self-hypnosis_videos.html
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