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What do you know about brain disorders?

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Published on Mar 16, 2015

For Brain Awareness Week 2015, we went to the public to find out what they know or don't know about brain disorders. Thanks to everyone who shared their personal stories and perspectives.

Below are some of the facts on the brain disorders discussed in this video. For more information please visit www.braininstitute.ca

Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in children. It’s caused by an injury to the brain, during or shortly after birth. The result is weakness or partial paralysis, and potentially challenges to thinking and communicating, as well as seizures and uncontrollable behaviour.

Parkinson’s is a disorder that results from the loss of dopamine-generating cells in the substancia nigra, a region in the midbrain. Some of the better-known symptoms include trouble with balance, resting tremor and rigidity. There is also a wide-range of non-motor symptoms associated with the disorder.

Depression is a brain disorder that that lowers a person’s mood, self-esteem, motivation and limits their general ability to enjoy pleasurable activities. Depression is not just a temporary change in mood or a sign of weakness.

Epilepsy is a disorder that causes seizures of varying kinds and intensity.

Alzheimer’s is a disorder that destroys brain cells causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a brain disorder that manifests itself as persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity or impulsivity. Problems associated with ADD include: anxiety, various learning disabilities, speech or hearing deficits, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and behavioral problems.

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