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Feb 6, 2024


Functional Neurologic Disorder (FND) that describes a problem with how the brain receives and sends information to the rest of the body. This impairment is rooted in the brain's compromised ability to transmit and receive signals, leading to disruptions in lobe function and emotional processing. It’s often helpful to think of your brain as a computer. In someone who has FND, there’s no damage to the hardware, or structure, of the brain. It’s the software, or program running on the computer, that isn’t working properly. Importantly, FND is not secondary to another disorder, and there is no observable structural damage in the brain. 

National Institutes for Health/National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease for all people.

NHS Inform - Functional Neurological Disorder
NHS Inform is Scotland’s National Health Information Service (NHS). They aim to provide accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions.,or%20structure%2C%20of%20the%20brain

FND Guide
This page was developed in 2009 for people with functional neurological disorders and symptoms. This website, written by a neurologist with a special interest in these problems, aims to give you a better understanding of these symptoms.


NORD - National Organization for Rare Disorders

Patient Guide - Functional Neurological Disorder FND

FND HOPE -  Functional Neurological Disorder

Book Resources:

Overcoming Functional Neurological Symptoms: A Five Areas Approach

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here for further details.© Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
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