Disorders of the brain and nervous system

The following websites and organisations provide information and/or advice about conditions which involve or affect the brain and nervous system.

Please note that any information provided by the BNA via its website, publications, or its members is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice; it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

The Brain and Spine Foundation

The Brain and Spine Foundation website provides a wealth of information about neurological problems (medical disorders which affect any part of the nervous system).  Their booklets and fact sheets, which are written by an editorial team including neuroscience nurses, are accredited by The Information Standard, a certification scheme supported by the Department of Health.  The Foundation also has a helpline, online Q&A sessions, discussion forums - and much more.


European Brain Council

The European Brain Council website has some useful and clearly presented information about brain disorders and their impact.


NHS Choices Health A-Z

A clear and comprehensive source of information on hundreds of conditions and treatments for them. Although not exclusive for disorders of the nervous system, you're almost certain to find them listed here!  

Information on health care services is focused on UK-based NHS provision.

National Institutes of Health A-Z of brain diseases and disorders

This list of more than 400 neurological disorders from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke gives summaries of symptom descriptions, treatment options and prognosis, along with information about ongoing research on causes, diagnosis, and potential therapies.

You can also find contact information for related professional and health organizations (tend to be US-focused). 

Mental Health Problems and Disorders index 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists provides readable, user friendly and evidence based information about mental health problems. This includes leaflets on dementia, depression and PTSD. 


MQ Open Mind podcast 

Is depression caused by the immune system? What does it feel like to live with social anxiety? Could an algorithm end the trial-and-error approach to mental health treatment? These are some of the questions we’ve taken on so far in MQ Open Mind – a new podcast, which is available to listen to today. 

We chat with people who have faced the reality of mental illness, from social anxiety to bipolar II. They discuss the challenges they’ve had to overcome and their hopes for the future. They’re joined by researchers talking about the cutting-edge science which could transform the lives of people like them.