When Scarlett Moffatt was 12 years old, she suddenly developed aggressive tics and had a frightening ordeal of not being able to control her body.
Former gogglebox star
, now 31, was terrified by the experience and went to doctors to seek help, but says the scariest part was not being able to find answers. When Scarlett developed her tics during the late ’90s and early nineties , so little was known about the condition and the media at the time was the only attack of Tourette’s. Scarlett also had Bell’s palsy, a temporary weakness or lack of range of motion affecting one side of the face that usually occurs. But it gets better within nine months.
Current outbreaks of Tourette’s mystery in Britain
The TV star seeks to uncover the possible causes of this medical phenomenon in the Channel 4 documentary Britain’s Tourette’s Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt. But it unexpectedly turns into a deeply personal journey for Scarlett, reflecting on developing her own tics. while she was already dealing with severe anxiety.
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would spend in front of the mirror and try to straighten my face or try to make sure I didn’t have any marks on my face.” Adults around me would say things like ‘try not to do that’ and obviously now I realized I was suppressing them.” As soon as I get home, they’ll come out more because at school, I really tried to suppress them. I remember feeling like you were trying to hitchhike but you’re not like at all, it’s about to come out. It was that kind of feeling.
Action after watching tiktok video
That being said it’s probably related to anxiety and stress – they may go, they might not and for fear of not knowing.” Usually when you go to the doctors, they say it’s okay, Take this tablet and it will all be gone, so that being said, we don’t know what would happen, that was the scariest part, not being under control.” Scarlett, whose own tics disappeared overnight after two years, wrote more TikTok wanted to take action after watching the video in which young girls around the same age were told about loads of sudden onset vaccines.
Dr. Chowdhary said
Specialist clinics typically receive about five referrals per year of sudden-onset tics in adolescents, but the number has increased by more than 5000% in the past 18 months. Speaking to a psychiatrist and neurologist, Tourette’s Professor of Addictions Scarlett, both experts in the field, explored why girls are now suffering more than boys after the pandemic. “One thing that I found extremely fascinating was what Dr. Chowdhary said. Sudden onset tics are generally more prevalent in young boys, but now, since the pandemic, we are seeing more of it in young girls.
Traveling across the country, Scarlett
Traveling across the country, Scarlett meets some of the people who have recently been diagnosed with the condition, the extraordinarily successful Tourette’s influencers sharing their tics online, and psychiatrists treating the pandemic. Scarlett admitted that it was her hardest film ever — and she developed a thick skin because some contestants called her “fat” and called her “Miss Piggy” like a The Muppets character.
“I liken it to an intimate comedy show
“I compare it to going to an intimate comedy show where the funniest parts are the bits that relate to you,” she explains. “We’re all big-headed creatures. I really liked it when he took the mic out of me.” – I found it weird and I definitely got a thicker skin for it.” But they all keep saying I’m old! So now, am I old? Should I get more face cream?! But it was definitely fun because it brought us all closer together.