Alessandro Borghi has Tourette’s syndrome and tells how he lives with this disease

Alessandro Borghi has Tourette's syndrome and tells how he lives with this disease
Alessandro Borghi has Tourette's syndrome and tells how he lives with this disease

The actor was a guest on Gianluca Gazzoli’s podcast, in which he revealed that he had only recently discovered that he has Tourette’s syndrome with motor tics.

Alessandro Borghi and Tourette’s syndrome

Among the most loved actors in Italian cinema, Alessandro Borghi spoke to Gianluca Gazzoli’s podcast BSMT, in which he wanted to reveal a very intimate aspect of his life: Borghi, in fact, has recently discovered that he suffers from Tourette’s syndrome. The diagnosis came thanks to his partner, who is a psychologist: “One day she asked me a point-blank question and asked me how long I had had these tics. I answered a couple of things and she said: ‘You haven’t tic, you have the Tourette. You have it motor and you don’t have it verbal ‘”, he says.

The actor reveals: “You can recover from a tic, not from Tourette”

Tourette’s syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disease characterized by the emission, often combined, of involuntary and uncontrolled noises and sounds, but also of movements of the face and/or limbs called tics. It is precisely this second case that concerns the actor, who continues: “The problem is this, that the famous Tourette is the one of the swearing ones, because she is the more aggressive one. There is a whole world that concerns the motor part, which are just tics. The tic comes from post-traumatic stress, from something that happened to you. The tic is your way of responding to that stuff. You can recover from a tic, not from Tourette’s because it’s a neurological thing. It’s like a sneeze, when you feel like sneezing you have to sneeze.”

The actor’s Tourette manifests itself with motor tics

During the interview, Alessandro Borghi elaborated on his relationship with the disease, which manifests itself when he has “emotional peaks: it can also come to me when I am very happy, or very tired or very stressed. When there is a lot from the point emotionally that stuff happens. I have it a lot when I’m in situations that make me uncomfortable.” One of these situations is, for example, when he has to face his image in the mirror: “I don’t like many things about myself, because I’m someone who is genetically not inclined to have the physique (…) when I look in the mirror and I feel like I’m not comfortable with my body, I have incredible Tourette peaks.”