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Posted by Curtis on December 21, 2000 at 00:39:10:

In Reply to: Re: Always Twitching - Does anyone else? posted by Linda on December 19, 2000 at 20:15:49:

I remember having a similar problem when I was in the 10th grade. My upper eyelid (left or right) would twitch uncontrolably whenever I was nervous or stressed out. It was extremely irritating and often embarrassing. I also remember experiencing twitching in my right arm, somewhere near the tricep area, during certain classes like my honors math class.

In retrospect, that period of my life was EXTREMELY STRESSFUL overall, not just at school but also within an unstable single-parented household. I remember feeling like more and more responsibilities were piling up on me at home while I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to do well at a school I really didn't like or ever fit well in (I attended an all-boys, upper-class, white Catholic school while commuting from a middle-class, predominantly African-American neighborhood via unstable/unsafe public transportation). I eventually "outgrew" those nervous twitches within the same schoolyear but I really had to practice calming myself down during stressful times. I also have to admit that on and off over the years I have also received counseling for other interpersonal development issues (I'm a 26-year old web developer now).

I guess the best thing I can suggest for you is to try and find someone like a good friend or a school counselor with whom you can confide and talk about any fears or anxieties you might be experiencing. Sometimes our nervous reactions in various situations can be controlled or modified if we learn new ways of coping with stressful events. I've found that deep breathing exercises, meditation, and other relaxation techniques have helped me maintain more composure now in my life than when I was much younger. Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep every night and stay away from foods high in sugar or salt (you might also want to check to see if you are lactose intolerant or have any allergies to dairy products).

Take care and remember that you are still very young and have all the time in the world to grow into beautiful human being one day. And remember to have plenty of fun and not take life too seriously!

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