WHAT IS A NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER?
Neurological disorder is any disorder of the nervous system, resulting in physical and/or psychological symptoms. Disorders are often a result of structural, biochemical or electrical abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord or other nerves. There is a vast range of neurological disorders with a wide scope of symptoms including paralysis, muscle weakness, coordination issues, pain, confusion etc.
Neurological disorders can be as common as a migraine or dyslexia, or as life changing as Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, ADHD or Tourettes Syndrome. For a fuller list of neurological disorders and their symptoms click here.
Many of these disorders are congenital, (meaning that they are presented at birth) or hereditary, meaning that they were passed on to a child through their parents. Examples of these are Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida.
However, with the help of organisations such as, Tourette Canada, PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Tourettes action an individual can work productively and fruitfully to be able to make a contribution to his or her own community (World Health Organisation)
For more scientific information about the development of neurological disorders, click here.
WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
Mental illness is any condition that causes disorder in a person’s behavior or thinking. There can be an overlap or neurological and mental disorders, mental illness can be difficult to diagnose as the causes are often unclear and are usually defined by a combination of how a person behaves, feels, perceives or things. This means that social aspects of one’s life, such as cultural and religious beliefs as well as social norms need to be taken into account when making a diagnosis.
Mental illness should always be diagnosed by a mental health professional!
For more information and sources, please visit the Wikipedia page about Mental Disorders
THE IMPORTANCE OF AWARENESS
Unfortunately, opening up discussion about mental and neurological disorders can often received with negativity and misconception in our society, however it is important to remember how far we are coming as a human race in understanding the complexities of the brain!
Much of this is owed to the communication, analysis and exposure of mental health in popular culture. We are seeing more and more musicians, activists, artists and public figures are opening up about their own experiences and encouraging others to do the same.
If we all work together, we will be able to include mental health awareness in everyday discussion, making it easier for those suffering to feel at loved, understood and at-home in the way everyone should!
Although much of the western world is taking leaps in understanding, there is still a stigma surrounding mental and neurological disorders.
That’s where Awareness is Power comes in!
Our goal is support communication about mental health in an endeavor to make information widely accessible and let people know that there is no shame in opening up about the struggles of having and dealing with mental and neurological health.
To help Awareness is Power with our mission we need your help!
Here are just a few things you can do to help!
Regardless of your personal mental health status, allow yourself to be open to talking to friends, family and peers about it. Your openness will inspire others to do the same and more people will feel able to reach out for help when they need it.
Talk to the people in your life if you are struggling or you think one of them may be. Creating an open and caring dialog will create a wonderful support system.
There is plenty of content online about mental health; blogs, vlogs, music, art, articles etc.
If you read, listen or watch anything that is inspiring and informative for you, it could be that and more for someone else. SHARE IT!. Little actions like this can make massive differences.
Awareness is Power is proud to represent music from resident artist’s who write songs specifically for the cause. Head over to the Music page to hear examples of tracks from our very own Sebastian Azul, Dominic Azul and many more!
Mental and Neurological health charities are always in need of funding and volunteers to facilitate research, and continue to make breakthroughs in neuroscience/biology and psychology, ultimately improving the lives of those of us who suffer with mental and neurological disorders.
Your kind donations will go towards; music distribution, promotion, content outreach and exciting upcoming awareness and activism events- all of which will massively help Awareness is Power to grow and continue to empower people!