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Unusual Habit

by Bill. M
(NY Area)

Could someone help me understand this unusual habit I've got? I frequently say arbitrary names out of the blue. Most often, the name I say at this time is "Roger", with many variations. I sometimes say it by itself, and sometimes with various last names. Sometimes it's "Roger Douglas", sometimes "Roger Neri", sometimes "Roger Johnson", "Roger Norma", and what have you.

I'll just be going about my affairs, and out of the blue, I'll say "Roger Douglas" or whatever. It's not always Roger, but most of the time it is. Sometimes I call out other names, too.

The funny thing is, I really don't know anybody named Roger, and certainly no Rogers with the last names I use with it. However, in some cases I do know people with those names. I've been doing this since at least 1994. I've gone through spells at times where I used other names. "Roger" is the current one I'm using when I do this.

I do not necessarily find this to be troublesome, but I do believe it is bizarre. I do not think I have full control over this habit.

Can someone please give me some insight on this. Thanks.

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Feb 22, 2011
by: Anonymous

I kinda see Tourette's Syndrome, but do you have any missing time or anything else different? Because I feel it could be some kind of personality disorder, maybe your brain is coping with past things if you have other unusual things going on as well.

Feb 07, 2011
Tourette's Syndrome
by: Bill M.

I was wondering if it might be related to Tourette's Syndrome. How would that be tested for?

Jan 30, 2011
Blurting out names
by: Anonymous

Have you been tested for Tourette's?

Jan 29, 2011
Roger talker
by: zuzubird

Just off the top of my head, it seems to me that it's just a habit that is somehow soothing to you. Nothing wrong with that!

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