Living through the COVID19 pandemic
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Living through the COVID19 pandemic

t’s that time again, I’m writing in response to A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  May prompts: upbringing, forseeing, panicking, accessing, soothing Times are scary and stressful.  I am at a strange place in my life, where I am doing what I can to stay positive and hopeful, while at the same time feeling like not too much…

How psychologists and psychological tools help FND patients
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How psychologists and psychological tools help FND patients

Functional Neurological Disorder is a common, but infrequently diagnosed neurological condition that appears to be on the boundary between neurology and psychiatry. When I was diagnosed in 2003, it was labeled as a psychiatric condition that required a neurologist and a psychiatrist to diagnose. Since the mid-2000’s there has been a huge push by both…

FND and the placebo effect
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FND and the placebo effect

Functional Neurological Disorder is a neurological condition, but how it works and the processes associated with it are right on the boundry between neurology and psychiatry. While characterizing it as neurological is very helpful for those of us with the condition and for the researchers studying it, the fact remains that many aspects of FND…

FND Awareness month #FND2020
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FND Awareness month #FND2020

It’s that time again, I’m writing in response to A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  April prompts: distancing, returning, stressing, understating, celebrating When I was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder(FND) in 2003, I was told by the neurologist who diagnosed me that I also needed to see a psychiatrist to confirm my diagnosis, since it was considered a…

How embracing your diagnosis improves your life
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How embracing your diagnosis improves your life

I’ve noticed that some people in various disability-related groups put a huge emphasis on their diagnosis as an identity and that many disability groups are siloed based upon diagnosis. I understand it, but it also worries me. I understand the need to belong and be accepted, and that part of that process when it comes…

Channeling dark emotions into hope
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Channeling dark emotions into hope

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  December prompts: ending, bonding, coping, traveling, and warming November and December tend to be emotionally challenging months for me. There’s a pressure and expectation for people to be cheerful this time of year, as often there are a lot of festivities about hope, giving, and…