Functional and Dissociative Neurological Symptoms : a patient's guide


All the links in the website and all the downloadable information in one place

Sites run by Health Professionals is a website launched in February 2011 all about non-epileptic attacks. Its written by a clinical team in Sheffield UK and has lots of useful information


Sites run by Patient Organisations

FND Hope ( was the first patient support organisation for patients with functional neurological disorders. It has a large and growing amount of material for patients with functional neurological disorders, espeically symptoms like movement disorder and weakness

Psychological Symptom Booklets

With grateful thanks to Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust for permission

Launched in 2016. FND Action is a charity linked to the NEAD site above. The organisation provides information about FND with a particular focus on the UK
Is a UK charity for FND with the aim of setting up patient led support groups run by Steve Webster

These booklets are also from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and may be helpful depending on circumstances. Please scroll down to find the correct booklet


Health Improvement Scotland (part of NHS Scotland) published an important document on functional neurological symptoms in 2012.

THis is one of the first (possibly the first) document from a governmental agency which recognises the nature and extent of functional neurological symptoms and their associated disability and distress

These other leaflets may be of help too

If you cannot open these files (pdf files) then you will need Acrobat Reader. 

Click on the picture below to download it

Click on the document picture to access the page on the Health Improvement Scotland Website and download the document.

This document builds on NHS Scotland Neurology Standards which also specificed the importance of patients having access to correct diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment


Forums and Blogs

As a doctor I cannot unfortunately be responsible for a chat room on this website.
There are however separate facebook pages about functional and dissociative neurological symptoms which have been started by patients with these symptoms. You can find them at the websites above

I am not part of these groups and am therefore not responsible for their content. Indeed it is is possible that some of the information may be contradictory to the advice on this site, misleading or even harmful to you.

Dr Jon Stone

Dissociation / Depersonalisation

Wikipedia – not always reliable but as of Sep 2008 the page is helpful


Click on Stories to read personal accounts of living with functional and dissociative symptoms


If you would like to print a poster advertising the website for your clinic room, waiting room or ward area then you can download an A4 poster here