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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 chronic condition, especially a condition that is still little-known, can bring up a lot of emotions and thoughts about how to move forward. You may at the moment feel a bit lost, isolated and frustrated.

Here are some pages to help you work through those emotions and thoughts, and to help towards steering you in the right direction of living life as best as possible.

STAGES OF GRIEF
In the 1960's, Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross from Switzerland discovered that our reaction to bad news followed a particular pattern/cycle.
STRESS MANAGEMENT
Everyday stress is all around us. But what happens when you add illness to the fold, which is something not expected and unavoidable?
TIPS WHEN 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.
TIPS TO BUILD RESILIANCE
Resilience is the ability to adapt and bounce back when things go wrong. We all have resilience to a greater or lesser degree and the good news is that we can develop it.
PACING
Pacing simply means getting the balance of activity and rest right, but it is easier to say than actually do. Are we ‘boom and busters’ or are we ‘I can’t do that-ers’.
GET CREATIVE
Every one of us has a creative side, even if we think we don't. Doing a craft such as colouring, or a new hobby such as photography, is good for health and wellbeing.
DRIVING & TRAVEL
WORK & EDUCATION
HEALTHY LIVING
SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT
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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 is 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.

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