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Our clinical program diagnoses and treats individuals suffering from symptoms such as:

  • Functional limb weakness or paralysis
  • Functional (dissociative) seizures
  • Functional movement disorders such as tremor, jerks, tics, gait disorders or dystonia
  • Functional speech disorders
  • Functional cognitive disorders
  • Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD)

The Mass General Functional Neurological Disorder Unit particularly specializes in treating people with functional motor symptoms that lie at the intersection of neurology and psychiatry. Our clinic is interdisciplinary – this means that at your first visit your doctor will go over a neurological and psychiatric history and physical examination. Our clinic is also multidisciplinary – this means that after your initial visit we recommend components of treatment based on your needs. Personalized, short-term (time-limited) treatments we recommend can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Skills-based or problem-focused psychotherapy, such a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Group psychotherapy (pilot program)

We provide patients with education around the diagnosis and ongoing follow-up for FND-specific care. Patients with more general neurology and/or psychiatry needs will also be encouraged to maintain or establish treatment relationships with providers in those disciplines.

Research Opportunities

The Functional Neurological Disorder Research Program at MGH, working in collaboration with researchers at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and others within the Harvard Medical School hospital community, is working to understand brain pathways that tell us why FND symptoms happen, what makes those symptoms worse, and why some patients are more likely to get better with treatment while others may struggle. We do this by looking at information from patients we have seen in the past, and also new patients that we follow over time.

We are greatly appreciative of individuals who volunteer in our research studies to help us better understand FND – why it happens, how it happens, and how we can optimally treat it. If you are interested in participating in FND research, please visit the Functional Neurological Disorder Research Program website for more information.

Note: Typically, before we consider you for enrollment in our research studies, you will need to have had a clinical evaluation in the Functional Neurological Disorder clinic.

 

Patient Stories


Patient Resources

Individuals may find the following websites helpful in learning more about functional neurological disorder:

Functional Neurological Disorder Society

Functional Neurological Disorder Society

An international society with resources for health professionals and patients on FND.

FND Hope

FND Hope

FND Hope is a global website for FND patients, doctors, and families

Functional Seizures

Functional Seizures

A group that helps people suffering from functional seizures

Non-Epileptic Attacks

Non-Epileptic Attacks

A group that helps people suffering from functional seizures


Our Team

The members of the Mass General FND Unit clinical team all have expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with functional neurological symptoms that lie at the intersection of neurology and psychiatry. Our team has two branches: our physician team, comprised of neurologists and psychiatrists, and our allied health team, comprised of psychotherapists and physical, occupational and speech and language therapists.