Managing behaviour in functional neurological disorders

Worthington, Andrew; Methley, Abigail and Teager, Alistair (2024). Managing behaviour in functional neurological disorders. In: Alderman, Nick and Worthington, Andrew eds. Managing Challenging Behaviour Following Acquired Brain Injury: Assessment, Intervention and Measuring Outcomes. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp. 189–203.



Functional neurological disorders that occur in the context of neurological conditions present considerable clinical challenges. Following a historical review of hysterical or functional conditions, the contemporary neuropsychological basis for understanding and addressing functional behavioural symptoms is introduced. This is followed by discussion of the principles and practice of psychological intervention. A case study is presented using a trauma-informed approach to supporting an individual to manage behaviours associated with a diagnosis of non-epileptic attack disorder.

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