WHAT IS A NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER?
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.
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
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.”
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Myth #1: ADHD isn’t a real medical condition.
Fact: The National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Psychiatric Association all recognise ADHD as a medical condition. Research shows that it runs in families, meaning it might be genetic. If your child has ADHD, you know how real it is and how big an impact it can have on everyday living.
Myth #2: All kids with ADHD are hyperactive.
Fact: Not all kids with ADHD are hyperactive. There are three types of ADHD, and one of them—ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type (also known as ADD)—doesn’t have an impact on activity levels. Kids with this type of ADHD may appear “daydreamy” or off in their own world.
Myth #3: ADHD is the result of bad parenting.
Fact: People who don’t know your family, or much about ADHD, may attribute your child’s behaviour to a lack of discipline. They don’t realize that the inappropriate comments or constant fidgeting are signs of a medical condition, not of bad parenting.
Myth #4: Only boys have ADHD.
Fact: While it’s true boys are more than twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, that doesn’t mean girls don’t have ADHD. They’re just more likely to be overlooked and remain undiagnosed. Attention issues can look different in boys than in girls. Girls tend to be less disruptive in class and may seem “daydreamy.”
Myth #5: Kids with ADHD will outgrow it.
Fact: ADHD is a lifelong condition. The symptoms may change as your child gets older and learns ways to manage them, but that’s not the same as outgrowing them. Most kids with ADHD will continue to have symptoms throughout adolescence and adulthood.
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Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions about ADHD (also known as ADD). This can make it difficult to know what’s true and how best to support your child. Here we separate myth from fact to help you feel more confident in your ADHD knowledge.
Is ADHD a mental illness?
Answer: Technically, yes. But it’s a complex topic that can leave some parents confused or upset. Mental illness is a very broad term. It refers to any type of condition that affects a person’s behaviour, mood or thinking. That can cover everything from mild anxiety to severe depression or bipolar disorder. It also includes ADHD (also known as ADD).
The three main symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. All of these impact behaviour, mood and thinking. That’s why ADHD meets the criteria for mental illness.
In reality, few practitioners use the words “mental illness” to describe kids with ADHD. They tend to refer to it as a “behaviour disorder.” Some might even refer to it as a learning difference that can affect all areas of learning.
So ADHD may technically fall under the umbrella of mental illness. But you’ll rarely hear it described in those terms.
Still, for some parents, the idea that their child has a mental disorder is tough to absorb. They may worry that their child will be stigmatized. Mental illness is actually more common than many people realize—even in kids. In fact, about 20 percent of kids in America will be diagnosed with a mental disorder.
Is There a Link Between ADHD and Bed-wetting?
Yes, there’s definitely a link. Bedwetting (the medical term is nocturnal enuresis) is about three times more common in kids who have ADHD than in kids who don’t. And it can be very distressing to both kids and parents.
It’s not totally clear why so many kids with ADHD have this issue. Some researchers think it may be because both conditions are linked to a delay in the development of the central nervous system.
Another possible reason is that kids with ADHD have a harder time paying attention to their bodily cues. They may not wake up enough in the night to realize that their bladder is full. Or they might not wake up at all when their bladder is full.
Kids with ADHD aren’t the only ones who have problems with bedwetting, however. It’s a fairly common condition for all kids. It occurs in about 13 percent of 6-year-olds, 7 percent of 8-year-olds, and 5 percent of 10-year-olds. Also, boys are more likely to struggle with bedwetting than girls.
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