Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations which are called “tics.” The disorder is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, a pioneering French neurologist who first described this condition in the case of an 86-year old French woman way back in 1885. While the first documented and official case revolved around an elderly woman, modern day psychology shows that the earliest symptoms of the disorder are noticed between the ages of three to nine years old. It occurs equally in all ethnic groups, but males are affected about three to four times more than females.
Individuals who experience depersonalization feel separated from their own personal life and physicality by claiming they sense their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to the same person or identity. Often a person who has experienced this disorder claims that most things seem “unreal” and “hazy”. A recognition of personality breaks down completely — hence the name ‘depersonalization’ — as if one is watching a television show where their real personality is the leading role. Depersonalization can result in extremely high anxiety levels, which further increase these perceptions and further stress out the mind. Individuals suffering through this mental disorder also often find it hard to remember anything they saw or experienced while in this third person state of mind.
Schizophrenia is a severe psychological disorder that causes people to hear voices and see things that other people don’t and cannot hear. They suffer through delusions, disordered and incomprehensible thoughts and speech, and hallucinations of all kinds. They oftentimes believe they possess magical abilities and may believe that people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting behind their backs to physically or mentally harm them. They have a very difficult time understanding and perceiving what is real in reality. This disorder can terrify people living through it on a daily basis and can easily make them withdrawn from society in fear of harm or, in cases where they refuse to stay isolated, extremely paranoid and/or agitated in social events most people can attend.