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Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.
1998 - 2018
Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.


1999: David Marcus, M.D.; B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D.; Oliver Sacks, M.D.


October 2012:

  • clinicians - download the new, "Canadian Guidelines for the Evidence-Based Treatment of Tourette Syndrome", published this month by the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC) and for which Dr. McKinlay was a contributor.

July 2012:

  • watch the new YouTube documentary, "What Makes Us Tic "What Makes Us Tic" facebook group ", created by an Edmonton, AB student and including interview segments with Dr. McKinlay:

April 2012:

  • April 3rd: segment for CityTV's, "The Inside Story with Avery Haines".
    • originally aired during the 6 p.m. Toronto news program
    • available via streamed video on their website.

March 2012:

  • listen to Dr. McKinlay's blogtalkradio interview on The Coffee Klatch (originally broadcast Sunday March 4th) below:


  • see schedule of upcoming media events by clicking here.

January 2012:

  • Dr. McKinlay receives a Pinnacle Deputy Minister Award for Service Excellence from the Government of Ontario. Learn more about this award here.
    • or, see other awards Dr. McKinlay has been honoured with by clicking here.

December 2011:

  • Dr. McKinlay interviewed by SpecialNeedsBookReview! Read this interview on their website by clicking here.
    • or, explore an entire archive of media coverage featuring Dr. McKinlay by clicking here.

On this website --

  • Nix Your Tics! Book! Do-it-yourself tic management! Learn about Dr. McKinlay's "how-to" guide for young people with tics. See reviews, read an excerpt, and order it now by clicking here.

  • Life's A Twitch! Documentary! Find out why this award-winning documentary continues to circulate the globe. Click here to learn more. You can also now watch Life's A Twitch! online via streaming video by clicking here!
  • Page After Page of Writings! Read columns, articles, handouts, and original research by Dr. McKinlay. Lose yourself in a vast reservoir of Dr. McKinlay's writings by clicking here.

  • Read Dr. Dunc's first-person account of Tourette Syndrome! Dr. McKinlay brings you, Oh What A Tangled (Neural) Web We Weave! Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology Practice (JCPP), this article introduces the logic of behavioural treatments for tics (like habit reversal training) and provides a preview of CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) from an insider's perspective. Click here to access this article!

  • Get The Help You Need! Access an enormous international database of mental health resources here.

  • Find Answers to Your Questions! Get an education in Tourette Syndrome & associated conditions by reviewing the "Ask Dr. Dunc!" archives here.

  • Feel at home! Find validation, kindred spirits, and fun in the Youth Haven here.

  • And More! Don't forget to check out the many other sections of this site too!

Dr. McKinlay is a registered Psychologist (Retired) with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, practicing with children and adolescents in the areas of clinical and school psychology. He is currently on indefinite medical leave.

If contacting Dr. McKinlay through this site, please understand that he will not be able to respond to personal requests. In particular, given his 'Retired' status, to uphold the ethical and professional standards of his profession he can no longer assess, diagnose, treat, or consult regarding personal difficulties; moreover, information on this website should not be considered a substitute for the advice and direction of your current doctor (Psychologist or Physician).

Dr. McKinlay is happy to accept submissions to the site (e.g. the Museum of Tics, Role Models, or Telling People About Your Difference).

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.

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