Understanding Your Brain Neurological conditions are problems with your brain, spine or nervous system. Some neurological conditions appear suddenly, such as brain injury or stroke; some you are born with, such as epilepsy; and others develop over time, such as multiple sclerosis.

Your brain and nervous system control every part of your body, so a problem there can have many serious consequences.

There are 10,000,000 people in the UK living with a neurological condition which has a significant impact on their lives.

Over 1,000,000 people (2% of the UK population) are disabled by their neurological condition.

Approximately 850,000 people in the UK care for someone with a neurological condition.

What is the difference between a neurological condition and a psychological condition?

A neurological condition (or neurological disorder) is a medical problem affecting the brain, the spinal column, or the nervous system.

Neurological conditions are not the same as psychological conditions, which are problems with feelings and emotions. But neurological disorders can cause problems with memory or thinking, or lead to mental health problems like anxiety and depression. For this reason The Brain Charity also offers counselling for those who feel they need it.

More about neurological conditions

If you need help living with your neurological condition, we offer counselling and other emotional support at our centre in Liverpool.


The Neurological AllianceThe Neurological Alliance's Patient Experience survey is unique in gathering the views of people with neurological conditions across England about their experience of health and care services. They will use the results to advocate for improved care for people with neurological conditions:  www.myonlinesurvey.co.uk/NA18PAT

If you have any queries about the questionnaire, please call the Neurological Alliance's FREEPHONE helpline number on 0800 783 1775 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.