Neurological disorder is any disorder of the nervous system, resulting in physical 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.

Other neurological disorders can be acquired at any stage of life, such as Alzheimer’s, narcolepsy, AIDS and addiction.

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.


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!

Common mental health conditions include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar.

For more information and sources, please visit the Wikipedia page about Mental Disorders

STIGMAS & MYTHS about ''OCD'' part 1&2

How can we separate the facts from fiction? When it comes to  illness or conditions.

Many people with Neurological condition or Mental illness are often misunderstood and struggle with a stigma that can negatively impact life at home, work and in their relationships.

Here are 4 common myths about OCD and the facts that prove them wrong.

What is OCD?

OCD stands for Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Is a mental disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviours that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviours to get rid of the obsessive thoughts.

MYTH 1: People with OCD love keeping things neat and organized.

Answer: not true, It’s important to remember that not everyone with OCD has compulsions related to cleanliness.

mpulsions are not met, the sufferer may experience volatile panic attack or stress.

People with OCD might have cleaning rituals, but they don’t enjoy them. It is an urge rather than a pleasure, a feeling/fear if it doesn’t get fulfilled the sufferer will not feel at ease, relieved.

There have been many cases where people say ‘’I’m so OCD or I’m so Bipolar’’ these words have caused so many distress to some sufferers.

As is often misunderstood or misrepresented. Nobody says I am so diabetic because I love sugar, nobody says I am so fat because I love getting fat. When it comes to OCD in my opinion it has to be one of the most serious mental illness. OCD can be distressing and significantly interfere with your life, but treatment can help you keep it under control.

MYTH 2: OCD is just about cleaning, hand-washing and being a “germaphobe.”


STIGMAS & MYTHS about Tourettes syndrome



MYTH 1: Everyone that has Tourettes swears.

Fact: In reality, only a small percentage of those with Tourette’s Syndrome have obscenity specific outbursts.  In fact, there is a special name for it: coprolalia.

  MYTH 2: They are mentally challenged.

 – Tourette Syndrome is not like Down’s Syndrome or cerebral palsy.  It is a neurological disorder that is characterised by involuntary movement and speech tics.

It is extremely rare – It is estimated that every 1 in 100 children suffers from Tourette syndrome, a higher number than those with autism.  Most of them go undiagnosed and misunderstood.

MYTH 3: Tourette syndrome can be managed with concentration

– Because TS stems from a chemical imbalance in the brain, there is no voluntary aspect to it whatsoever. –  No matter how hard someone with TS concentrates, tics can still come

MYTH 4: Only Caucasians can get Tourette Syndrome.

– As with most diseases and disorders, anyone from any race is capable of being born with TS.

MYTH 5: Tourettes Syndrome is debilitating.

– Most people with Tourette Syndrome can go on to lead rich, fulfilling lives and take part in just about any activity as anyone else, especially if they are cared for properly.

MYTH 6: Tourette syndrome stems from psychological trauma.

-This was the prevailing thought when TS first began to get diagnosed about a century ago.  Now, sophisticated imaging technology shows us that it is a neurological disorder

MYTH 7: Those with TS can’t do jobs with fine motor functions.

– Another false truth, famous Canadian surgeon Dr. Matt Doran was able to do complex procedures even though he had Tourette syndrome

MYTH 8: They can’t be athletes.

How far can someone with the involuntary tics associated with TS go in the sports world?  For Jim Eisenreich, all the way to the World Series of Major League Baseball in 1997.

MYTH 9: It gets worse as you get older.

While some neurological disorders get worse with age, it is not generally so with Tourette syndrome.  In fact, many who suffer from it go through the worst during adolescence and can even outgrow their tics in adulthood.

MYTH 10: Tourettes Syndrome is contagious.

-TS is a genetic disorder; you cannot catch it by being friends with my son, any more than your blue eyes would turn brown after talking with him.

There are many sites online that describe Tourettes syndrome as a neuropsychiatric disorder.

That can be troubling because it seems to emphasis an outward cause rather than a neurological one  psychiatric” in our culture at all in regards to TS automatically makes people think it is the person’s inability to cope or traumatic upbringing at work. I think it sets us back terribly and I wish that the TSA would advocate again

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