Q. I am getting head twitch for about 7 months and could not control on my own. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 29, 2020 and last reviewed on: Apr 09, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am concerned about a head twitch. I have gotten in a habit for seven months of twitching my head. If I am consciously thinking about what I am doing, I can stop it. However, it is extremely difficult and I feel an overwhelming impulse to do it, similar to how one would feel when cracking his or her knuckles. It seems like it has become a habit and I do not know how to stop it. I also want to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions, however, as I mentioned, when I pay attention I can control it, even though it is difficult and uncomfortable and I have to put a lot of effort into not doing it. I read online that it may have something to do with stress or anxiety?

 

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Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

From your description, it looks like you are experiencing a motor tic.

Do you have any other symptoms? How old are you at present? You mentioned this tic started befor seven months. Have you experienced any tics before? Any vocal tic?

Tics can be suppressed temporarily but can be uncomfortable as you mentioned. Tics can wax and wane depending on stress, anxiety, tiredness, etc. Usually, tics are common and harmless. It is advisable to consult your doctor to clarify the diagnosis and to exclude any conditions that can mimic tic disorder.

Mild tics can be managed by stress management and relaxation exercises. If tics are severe and persistent, it can be managed by specialist therapy cognitive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT). Sometimes medication can be used as well.

I hope this helps.


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