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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) : a patient's guide

including Functional/Dissociative (non-epileptic) Seizures,  Functional Movement Disorder and other functional symptoms



Understanding chronic pain in 5 minutes


This is a really brilliant video from Youtube to introduce important ideas in chronic pain.

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It was made by GP Access and the Hunter Integrated Pain Service, New South Wales, Australia


You can also read a transcript of the video here, and see other language and subtitled versions here

There are foreign language versions including Arabic, Portugese, Italian, Hebrew, Norwegian, Spanish , Chinese, Danish, French

Tame the Beast - from This is another great video from Lorimer Moseley - a pain researcher and clinician in Australia.

It aims to explain how chronic (long lasting) pain is different to acute (short lived) pain

Neuroplasticity - You can rewire your brain!


This short film focuses on the question of how you can 'rewire your brain.


Your brain changes depending what you do with it. Practising alternative ways of moving or thinking causes physical changes in the brain, called neuroplasticity.


This is how therapy for FND aims to try to help.

Sensitivity - to pain and abnormal sensations - how does it work in the brain?


This short film helps to understand how the brains sensory system can be like a 'sensor light' outside your house that keeps going off - even though there are no intruders.


Treating abnormal sensation and pain associated with FND may involve trying to 'turn down the volume knob' in your brain controlling that sensitivity.

The mysterious science of pain


This short film explains how chronic pain is different to acute pain, and doesnt need 'tissue damage'


WARNING: Its a cartoon but it has animations of people in a lot of pain!

The mystery of Chronic Pain


A good short TED Talk explaining that chronic pain is different to acute pain and, like FND, is a consequence of abnormal signalling in the nervous system. The more you understand it, the better you can take advantage of therapies to help 'retrain the brain'

A selection of videos relevant to FND. click on the 'full screen' symbol if you want to view them in a larger format

Click on  "Video" above to see videos specifically about FND

Calm the storm - an introduction to migraine


This film is a great introduction to understanding migraine. Migraine is not part of FND, but very commonly experienced by patients with FND and better management of it can help with other symptoms

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