A mutation in the DYT1 gene causes the loss of an amino acid, glutamic acid, in the Torsin A protein.

The defective protein creates a disruption in communication in neurons that control muscle movement and muscle control.

This Action will foster the creation of an interdisciplinary network of experts to promote genetic studies of DS, develop experimental animal models, standardise and harmonise patient care and educate the public and professionals about the disorder.

It will create a unified platform for sharing expertise and exchanging procedures among centres in COST countries.

On the surface, being called “highly sensitive” could have negative connotations, but an HSP has many desirable traits.

Common traits of an HSP include great imagination, a curious mind, high intellectual abilities, creativity, conscientiousness, and compassion.

Yet, with friends, I seem to find similar HSP and we understand completely undederstand each other and I have a small circle of friends that are very close, almost brother/sister like.

My male friends usually end up, "in the doghouse," because their girlfriends get mad/jealous of our relationship.

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This is due to a biological difference in their nervous systems which often makes them intuitive, assertive, and strong willed.

On the other hand, HSP’s can take things too personally, overanalyze things, feel defensive, experience social discomfort, are easily aroused, are sensitive to subtle stimuli, shy, sensitive to the moods of other people, and hold onto intense experiences and emotions.(1-3)Typically an HSP demonstrates greater caution and reluctance than the non-HSP population with things such as taking risks, trying new experiences, meeting new people, and venturing to unfamiliar places.

Dystonia syndromes (DS) are the third most common movement disorder, yet they are poorly understood and are underdiagnosed.