As many know, the need for current information is an on going battle. Functional disorders have been called a “crisis for neurology” by Dr. Mark Hallett. This is one quote both the medical community and those that suffer can agree. Many in the medical profession have never heard of, let alone been exposed to someone presenting with these type of symptoms. This lack of information leaves patients left without proper treatment plans and often without a doctor even willing to take responsibility for their care. Current research has had a focus to derive a positive diagnosis from symptoms rather than exclusion. As the need to give a patient a medical diagnostic label has been addressed, research will hopefully now be focused towards effective treatment options.
Functional Neurological Disorder: an ethical turning point for neuroscience by Professor Mark Edwards
Dr Isobel William's study for her PHD '24 Relationship between Interoception and stress in patients with FND'
Dr Isobel Williams says "The aim of my PhD wasn’t so much to determine what causes FND, as it was to find out what kind of emotional difficulties people with FND are likely to experience and therefore how we can help with those symptoms"
New evidence of neurochemical differences that may underlie some functional neurological disorders. @GreenJournal MRS study shows increased glutamate levels in the anterior cingulate cortex in patients with functional movement disorders.
'Emotional Processing in Functional Neurological Disorder, a review, biopsychosocial model and research agenda.
By Susannah Pick, Laura Goldstein, David Perez & Tim Nicholson
RESEARCH Opportunity at Lancaster University - 'Living with Functional Movement Disorders'
Symptoms need to be: Paralysis, Weakness, Muscle Spasm, dystonia, myoclonus, tremor or gait distubrances. The Interviews can be done via Skype, Zoom or Telephone