Explore This Treatment Program

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

  • Motor functional neurological disorders
  • Functional limb weakness or paralysis
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
  • Functional movement disorders
  • Functional speech disorders

The Mass General Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic specializes in treating patients with motor neurological symptoms that lie at the intersection of neurology and psychiatry. At the outset, patients receive an integrated neurologic and psychiatric assessment and, if clinically appropriate, are recommended components of treatment individualized to the patients’ needs.

Individualized short-term (time-limited) treatments can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy

All patients receive education around the diagnosis and longitudinal follow-up for FND-specific care.

Research Opportunities

The Functional Neurology Research Group at Mass General, working in collaboration with researchers at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and others within the Harvard Medical School hospital community, aims to characterize neural circuit biomarkers of symptom severity and prognosis in motor functional neurological disorders.

Pilot longitudinal studies also aim to investigate potential brain biomarkers related to prognosis and treatment response.

For more information, please visit the Functional Neurology Research Group website.

Note: potential research participants are generally considered only after receiving a clinical evaluation in the Functional Neurological Disorders clinic.


Patient Resources

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

FND Hope

FND Hope

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

PNES

PNES

A group that helps people suffering from psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.