Name Functional Neurological Disorder (F.N.D.)
Related to/Also known as Functional Movement Disorders
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.

"A good way to help understand functional neurological symptoms is to consider what happens when a computer breaks down. When a computer breaks down, it is usually due to a problem in the software (the programme that makes the computer work) and not the hardware (the computer chips and wires). Similarly, you can think of functional neurological symptoms as a problem where the hardware of your body (brain, spine and nerves) is not damaged, but the software of your body is not working as well as it should."

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

Types Includes NEAD (Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder)
Useful national contacts

FND Action
registered charity
c/o Involve Kent, 39-48 Marsham Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1HH
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registered charity, part of international FND Hope
21 Chetwode, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 1QN
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Children & young people Pediatric functional neurologic symptoms (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
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News and events 


Online resources

Coronavirus Information (FND Action)
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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND):  a patient's guide
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Functional Neurological Disorders [includes'What are functional seizures?'], NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals website)
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f.n.d. magazine FND Magazine: online quarterly magazine of FND Hope
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Functional Neurological Disorder (Patient UK website)
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Functional Neurological Disorder (U.S. National Organization for Rare Disorders)
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 Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)

Our resources F.N.D. Hope booklets

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Functional Neurological Disorder and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

This includes copies of the FND Hope booklet 'Functional neurological disorder'.