do not be embrassed, my daughter's tics started at age 5 and she got picked on even by her "best" friend. yes, she got her feelings hurt. but, she stood up for herself and said, "how do u think i feel, i can't help it"! i was proud of her, she is 11 and doing great. in fact she just made cheerleader and won a beauty pageant. her tics aren't as noticeable, as far as medication, we have use little to none for her. but if you would like to know more about this please let me know, i will help anyone who has the same problem she does, and she will too, she says, "mom, it could be worse!" she keeps a winning attiude and people just know that those "tics" are just part of her and no one makes fun of her anymore in fact she is in the "in" or "popular" crowd and she is shockec but thrilled.