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.
Stages of Grief
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a doctor in Switzerland who in the 1960’s discovered that our reaction to bad news followed a particular pattern/cycle, referred to today as the Kübler-Ross model. She initially was inspired from her work with terminally ill patients, but the model can somewhat be adopted to anyone experiencing any form of grief, such as being diagnosed with a chronic health condition. 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…