McKinlay and the power of being different.
Awards and Reviews
5 awards at the 2002 "Hot Docs" Canadian International
Documentary Festival (including Gold Award
for Best Canadian Documentary)!!
awards at the 18th Annual Gemini
Awards (October 18-20, 2003) for Best
Documentary (Science/Nature) and Best
SEEN ON THE MONTEL
barks, spits, and shakes. He can't help it. He's also witty, funny,
and brilliant. Duncan McKinlay has Tourette Syndrome. At age 7 he
noticed what he called a devil in his head. It made his life hell.
His parents thought he was delinquent. His classmates were sure he
was nuts. He says the boss inside him who would normally control his
strange urges had gone on a permanent coffee break. In his teens,
it wasn't a question of whether to kill himself, but when.
he was finally diagnosed. He focused everything he had on researching
TS. It's now his life path. He's come to understand all his strange
ticks are release triggers for the high energy charging through him.
At 27 he's a virtuoso at channeling this energy. He's almost finished
a Doctorate in psychology. He's in nationwide demand for his workshops
that enlighten, entertain and boost the spirits of the 1% across Canada
who have Tourette's.
a Twitch takes us on a quirky ride into Duncan's world. Where
he polished a hearse for two days outside the gothic mansion funeral
parlour that was his home. Where he endlessly built and demolished
cities of Lego. Where he now moves like Elvis belting out songs than
turn his nightmare into a celebration."
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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 materials which reflect his perspectives 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.