Dr Karen Li
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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
John A. Shedd

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A little about Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
Mark Twain

With a physical injury, we can understand what is broken, just like when you drop your iphone and the screen in cracked and battery is sticking out. But what if the iphone is intact and it's just glitching? 

That's kind of how FND looks like in the human brain. We might not be able to see anything on the outside but then the body is producing some very interesting symptoms. 

For some of my clients, it's dissociative attacks, non-epileptic seizures, dizziness, numbness/weakness, heat sensitivity, sensory sensitivity, memory issues, involuntary movements, limited movements, pain, tics and the list goes on. 

Often, investigations of the usual medical culprits have been ruled out and doctors are scratching their heads: it's not coming up on scans, blood tests, etc. 

The role of Psychology in the treatment of FND

FND and Persistent pain happens in the nervous system, which includes the brain. And just because it's in the head, does not mean you are making it up. 

FND requires a team of support including your medical professionals and allied health professionals (e.g. physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist).

The role of a psychologist within your treatment team is to help you understand what FND is, and develop personalised strategies to cope with the range of symptoms you may have.

More details here: https://fndaustralia.com.au/resources/FND_Psychology_Factsheet.pdf 

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
J.R.R. Tolkien