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Getting diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder can be both a blessing and seemingly a curse. You may have had years of tests, different doctors and medications so it can be a relief to finally know what is wrong. However, being diagnosed with a long term chronic condition can bring up a lot of emotions. You may feel a bit lost, perhaps isolated.

Here are some articles to help you work through those emotions and come to terms with your condition.

The Grief Cycle
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was a doctor in Switzerland who discovered that our reaction to bad news follows a particular pattern known as the grief cycle. At first, there is a moment of shock and then you may go into a state of denial. You may feel that the doctors have made a mistake or that they are missing something. You may feel particularly upset to be told there may be a psychological element to the condition and feel strongly that this can’t possibly apply to you. If you get stuck in this denial phase, you will be constantly looking for possible causes, going from doctor to doctor and never feel able to get on with your life. Read more…

Tips for days when you are feeling down
We all have days when we feel really down. Struggling with functional neurological symptoms is tough and its hard, if not impossible, to be positive all the time. Here are some tips for getting through the down days. Read more…

Tips to build resilience
We all know people who seem able to cope with whatever life throws at them; we see stories of soldiers losing limbs and then going on to walk to the North Pole, or run a marathon. Then there are people like Stephen Sutton, diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 15, who went on to raise £5 million pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust before dying aged just 19 in 2014. What is it about these people that enables them to do what they do? The answer is resilience. Read more…

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