Tics-what do they mean?

Kate - posted on 07/07/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My 10 yr old stepson has had this particular tic since he was young. I came into his life at the age of 5 and he has always done it, but recently it seems much more aggressive and out if his control.
What happens is when he is excited...say over building a campfire, playing with toys or the big one-any time he is watching tv...he clenches his hands together in his lap (so hard that he leaves nail marks now) his eyes roll around, bites his lip and holds his breath. It happens for maybe 3-4 seconds at a time but will happen several times in a row...almost always continuously while watching a movie he likes. When you catch him doing it he is embarrassed and attempts to stop, but it seems out of his control.
I want to know if I should be worried. What is going on here? He also has an issue with bed wetting every night. We've been battling that for years. I don't know if that's related, but I wanted to throw it all on the table.

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