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Nix Your Tics!

Eliminate Unwanted Tic Symptoms: A How-To Guide For Young People

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Re-edited & revised with all-new content!

  • Nix Your Tics! is now an e-book!

  • New section: Starve that Tic!

  • Interactive widgets permit completion of steps & tracking of progress!

  • New integration with web-based content, including support groups and the online, Nix Your Tics! Facebook community!

  • All-new multimedia elements and summaries to enhance engagement & accessibility!

  • Access a 2012 audio interview with Dr. Dunc, accompanied by a slideshow of pictures taken from the Life's A Twitch! website!

  • Ages 10 & up.

Hey.  Got tics?  You’re not alone.  Up to one in five kids will have at least one tic at some point.  Including the guy who wrote this book!

Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, Psychologist (‘Dr. Dunc’) has Tourette Syndrome.  That means he’s been living with both motor tics (movements he has a hard time stopping) and phonic tics (noises he has a hard time stopping) for most of his life.  He knows firsthand how annoying, embarrassing, misunderstood, painful, and disruptive tics can be.  For years, he’s been educating people all around the world by means of his presentations & Website, and through appearances on television, in magazines, and on film.  Now, in “Nix Your Tics!”, he wants to share with you a little-known but well-established, evidence-based practice* he uses to manage tic symptoms in both himself and in his patients.

*as per criteria set out by the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures

*technique strongly recommended as a first-line treatment (Canadian Guidelines for the Evidence-Based Treatment of Tic Disorders).

Review relevant research in support of this treatment.


Chosen for The Coffee Klatch 2011 Parents Holiday Wish List and featured in their March 4, 2012 blogtalkradio program broadcast:


As reviewed by:

  • Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 18(4), 357-358

  • Inside TSA - the quarterly newsletter of the Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc. Summer 2009 Issue.

  • The Green Leaflet - the tri-annual newsletter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC). Volume 34, Issue 1.

  • Canadian Clinical Psychologist - newsletter of the Clinical Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Vol. 21, No.1, pg. 22.


Other Features:

  • illustrated; written in a conversational, humorous, and to-the-point style

  • learn effective alternative treatments for tics like habit reversal training and the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

  • materials designed to both educate and inspire precede, and are interspersed within, behavioral treatment suggestions

  • handy 'back-of-the-book' materials -- quick treatment summary, worksheets, and a 'Competing Response Catalogue'

  • other excellent resources for those with tics are also listed

  • also applicable to those coping with other habits, trichotillomania, and stuttering

1. Read an Excerpt from the Book


2. What People Have to Say:

3. Join the Nix Your Tics! Treatment for Tourettes Group on Facebook: Nix Your Tics Facebook Group :

  • online community (book club, supplementary information & support)


4. Join the Nix Your Tics! Treatment for Tourettes Twitter Feed Nix Your Tics Twitter Feed :

  • book announcements

  • news regarding the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)


5. Related articles by Dr. McKinlay:

  • Read Dr. McKinlay's first-person account of Tourette Syndrome. Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology Practice (JCPP), this article introduces the logic of behavioural treatments for tics (like habit reversal training) and provides a preview of CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) from an insider's perspective. Click here to access this article!

  • Find Dr. McKinlay's November 2009 introduction to the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) in The Green Leaflet, 33(1&2), the national newsmagazine for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC).


All activities related to "Life's A Twitch!" and/or "Life's A Twitch! Publishing" are conducted by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. in a private capacity and do not represent the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, or the Government of Ontario. All activities related to "CPRI" and/or "The Brake Shop" are conducted by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. in a public capacity as an Ontario Ministry employee.

In writing 'Nix Your Tics!', Dr. McKinlay is acting strictly in a private capacity and not as an Ontario public servant. Hence, promotion and sale of this book will not occur during Dr. McKinlay's "Brake Shop" conference appearances and presentations.

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