Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder in Children and Adolescents within Medical Settings

Academic Article


  • Pediatric functional neurological symptom disorder (FNSD or conversion disorder) is an often misunderstood but treatable condition that frequently presents in medical settings with unexplained symptoms. Although research regarding treatment of pediatric FNSD is increasing, it is still in its infancy and studies in pediatrics do not provide clear guidelines about which patients are most likely to benefit from various treatments. The role of pediatric psychologists may include consultation, assessment, treatment, program development, and providing education to patients, families, and healthcare colleagues in various disciplines. The purpose of this article is to provide a review of FNSD, discuss the importance of timely and accurate diagnosis, suggest how to present information to patients and families, and present options for treatment that are either supported by preliminary research or clinical experiences of the authors.
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  • Weiss KE; Steinman KJ; Kodish I; Sim L; Yurs S; Steggall C; Fobian AD
  • Start Page

  • 90
  • End Page

  • 101
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 1