Cramps and involuntary movements… a Tik Tok danger that threatens teenage girls

Lots of teenage girls in all over the world have had tics, jerky physical movements and verbal outbursts.

Doctors were initially baffled by these movement disorders, but after months of studio and consulting with patients, they knew the cause, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Experts from the best pediatric hospitals in the United States, in Canada, in Australia and the UK have found that most of these girls have one thing in common: Tik Tok.

Doctors said the girls were watching videos of influencers on TikTok claiming they had Tourette’s syndrome, a nervous system disorder that causes people to make repetitive, involuntary movements or sounds.

Cases increase with the onset of the Crown

In turn, Donald Gilbert, a neurologist at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, confirmed that about 10 new teens with tics visit his clinic every month since March 2020.

He added that adolescent symptoms may represent functional neurological disorders, a category of pain that includes certain vocal tics and abnormal body movements that are not associated with violence.

Cramps and involuntary movements… a Tik Tok danger that threatens teenage girls
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To get rid of these tics, doctors recommended cognitive behavioral therapy, telling patients to stay away from Tik Tok for several weeks.

Dr. Olvera, who studied 3,000 TikTok videos as part of her research, found that 19 of the 28 most followed influencers on the app reported developing new involuntary movements as a result of watching videos.

Specialists from other major institutions have reported similar spikes: As of March 2020, Texas Children’s Hospital reported seeing nearly 60 teens with these tics, while doctors saw one or two a year before the outbreak.

Over a billion views

Many contraction-like behaviors can be seen on Tik Tok. And when doctors in the UK started investigating the phenomenon in January, videos with the hashtag #tourettes garnered around 1.25 billion views.

A spokesperson for the app said, “The safety and well-being of our community is our priority and we are consulting with industry experts to better understand this specific experience.”

Conversely, some doctors aren’t ready to blame Tik Tok and say that while the number of patients they see is much higher than before, it’s not an epidemic.

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