loborojo wrote:renaeden wrote:I got tics mixed up with stims before. But the difference between twitches and tics seem very clear to me. Like Sophist said, twitches are completely involuntary.
Tics you can put off and the urge to do them builds up and up to overwhelming point and then tics abound!
I don't understand this...are you saying that someone who is constantly blinking his eye(s) or raising eyebrows, that he can actually stop or increase it if he wants to??
The muscle spasms you're having, whether due to seizure activity or not, are involuntary. You can't stop a muscle spasm midway. Although with some of the methods I mentioned above (e.g., distracting yourself, not focusing on the muscle twitches, etc.) can help reduce the amount of time they continue and eventually could reduce them overall.
A "tic"-- as in tics which are related to Tic Disorders, like Tourette's Syndrome-- are different from a muscle spasm. They tend to be described as overwhelming urges to do things; sometimes these are simple motor mannerisms, sometimes they are more complicated, sometimes they are an urge to say a particular word or words (like the cursing spirited has mentioned many times). So even though it's very difficult to suppress a tic, it's still possible and therefore considered partially "voluntary". This is not a "tic" as in the way you've originally used it in your first post of the thread. The type of tic you're talking about is a muscle spasm or jerk. And renaeden's using the term tic in the way I've used it here; not as a muscle spasm.