Name Functional Neurological Disorder (F.N.D.)
Related to/Also known as Functional Movement Disorders
NEAD (Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder)
Symptoms of Functional Neurological Disorder

"Approximately one-sixth of all patients seen by the neurology service will receive a diagnosis of functional neurological symptoms. This condition is also called 'medically unexplained neurological symptoms'.

"This common condition covers a range of symptoms but most often people experience changes in their ability to move and feel their limbs. People may experience difficulty with walking, balance, problems controlling and moving arms and legs, and experience odd or unpleasant sensations in the body like tingling or pain. Symptoms may fluctuate or be there most of the time causing a lot of distress.

"The difference between functional neurological symptoms and other neurological conditions such as “multiple sclerosis” or “Parkinson’s disease” is that functional neurological symptoms are not caused by structural disease of the nervous system (brain, spine and nerves). The structure of the body is still well and has no damage but the function of it is not working."

Source: Link opens in new window NHS Greater Glagow and Clyde

Useful national contacts

FND Action
registered charity
c/o Involve Kent, 39-48 Marsham Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1HH
Link opens in new window www.fndaction.org.uk
email contact@fndaction.org.uk

registered charity, part of international FND Hope
21 Chetwode, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 1QN

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email contact@fndhope.org

Online resources

Functional and Dissociative Neurological Symptoms : a patient's guide
Link opens in new window www.neurosymptoms.org/welcome/4533052089

'Functional Neurological Disorders' (includes 'functional seizures', NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals website)
Link opens in new window www.sth.nhs.uk/neurosciences/neurology/neurology-psychotherapy-service/functional-neurological-disorders

'Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Attacks / Blackouts' (Functional and Dissociative Neurological Symptoms: A Patient's Guide website)
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Our resources The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Functional Neurological Disorder and on a wide range of disability-related issues.