Lucia Ricciardi on The Diagnosis of Functional Movement Disorders
London Neuropsychoanalysis Group
Abstract: Functional Neurological Disorders represent a challenging disorder to diagnose and treat. I will discuss how a correct diagnosis of functional movement disorders should rely not on the exclusion of organic disorders or the sole presence of psychological factors but on the observation or elicitation of clinical features related to the specific movement disorder. I will also discuss how the phenomenology of the abnormal movement can help us understanding ‘how’ these symptoms are generated. Pathophysiological mechanisms will be suggested based on the understanding of symptoms production.