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Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.
1998 - 2013
Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.

 

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Takes the phrase "vanity plate" to a whole new level..........(would you believe I had a screwdriver in my pocket during the doctoral defense?!)

Takes the phrase "vanity plate" to a whole new level..........(would you believe I had a screwdriver in my pocket during the doctoral defense?!)


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For questions pertaining to Dr. Dunc's book, "Nix Your Tics! Eliminate Unwanted Tic Symptoms: A How-To Guide for Young People" and/or the treatment outlined within it, visit the book's supplementary Facebook group and online community:

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DIAGNOSIS:

'how do I know what this is??'


GENETICS:

'where does it come from??'


PHENOMENOLOGY:

'what does it look like??'


NEUROLOGY:

'what is happening in the brain??'


EPIDEMIOLOGY:

'who has it, and how does it change over time??'


FACTORS AFFECTING SYMPTOMS:

'why do tics sometimes get worse, get better, and change??'


ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS:

'what ELSE might there be besides tics??'


TREATMENTS -- PHARMACEUTICAL:

'are there drugs that can be taken for all this??'


TREATMENTS -- NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL:

'are there things that can be done instead of using drugs -- strategies, cognitive techniques, behavioural interventions, or other psychotherapeutic approaches??'

"Nix Your Tics!" - Non-pharmacological treatment for unwanted tic symptoms


TREATMENTS -- ALTERNATIVE:

'are new ways of helping all this being explored??'

"Nix Your Tics!" - Alternative treatment for unwanted tic symptoms


APPROACH:

'what attitude should I have about all this??'


EDUCATING OTHERS:

'how and when should others be told about all this??'


DR. DUNC SPECIFIC:

The personal and professional journey of Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay


The creation of, "Life's A Twitch!" occurred prior to Dr. McKinlay's registration as a psychologist (with the exception of Nix Your Tics!, published in October 2008). As such, much of the content on this website represents the personal, anecdotal, and research perspectives of B. Duncan McKinlay from that time period. To access writings which reflect his current perspectives as as a mental health professional, visitors are advised to access the Brake Shop clinic website.  It is Dr. McKinlay's belief that each website is valid: unique strengths and resources stem from each perspective. In the event that any contradictory information exists between the "Life's A Twitch!" website and the Brake Shop Clinic website, though, visitors are advised to resolve this contradiction by favouring the latter site.

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