Functional Neurological Disorder Program

Who May Benefit?

  • Patients with neurologic symptoms incompatible with established medical illness
  • Patients who need to establish mental health care
  • FND patients who have health care but whose symptoms have not improved
  • Patients with multiple co-morbid psychiatric illnesses that need treatment
  • There is no longer a requirement for clinicians to identify psychological factors or establish that the patient is not feigning illness

Treatments Include

  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Hypnosis
  • Medication
  • TMS
  • Physical therapy
  • Virtual reality

Stanford FND Outpatient Services

Our Stanford FND consultation clinic provides clinical evaluation and results in an individualized treatment plan. We also offer weekly therapy groups designed specifically for clients with FND. Other specialized services include individual psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, virtual reality therapy, rTMS and psychopharmacological management delivered on-site.

FND Day and Residential Programs

A collaboration with Stanford, the FND Day Program is a specialized treatment track within La Selva's state-of-the-art residential, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). All programs require a diagnosis of FND or conversion disorder by a neurologist with supportive documentation. For more information on residential admissions, call 650-323-1401. For PHP/IOP, call 650-617-8349.

Stanford Outpatient Neurologic Rehabilitation Program

Physical and occupational therapists utilize a therapy protocol designed specifically for functional movement disorders and paralysis. Speech therapy is also available. For more information, call 650-725-5106 or visit their page.

Treatment Plan in Community

Patients completing time-limited FND treatment at Stanford or unable to participate with on-site therapy will receive treatment plans designed around the local resources available to the client.

Stanford FND Support Group

Open to clients and families. Treatment at Stanford is not required. For more information, call 650-721-8500 or visit https://stanfordhealthcare.org/events/fnd-support-group.html

Research & Follow-up Care

Patients are offered an opportunity to participate in national and international studies investigating FND diagnosis and treatment throughout the process of evaluation and treatment.

Current Clinical Trial:

Embodied Virtual Reality Therapy for Functional Neurological Symptom/ Conversion Disorder (VR4FND)

Where can I learn more?

Books:

  • Overcoming Functional Neurological Symptoms: A Five Areas Approach by Christopher Williams, Alan Carson, Sharon Smith, Michael Sharpe, Jonathan Cavanagh, Catriona Kent
  • Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures: A Guide by Lorna Myers
  • In Our Words: Personal Accounts of Living with Non-Epileptic Seizures by Marcus Reuber, Gregg Rawlings and Steven Schachter

Companion set to share with your therapist:

  • Taking Control of Your Seizures: Workbook (Treatments That Work) by Joel Reiter, Donna Andrews, Charlotte Reiter and Curt LaFrance, Jr.
  • Treating Non-epileptic Seizures: Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work) by W. Curt LaFrance, Jr. and Jeffrey Peter Wincze

Websites Moderated by Healthcare Professionals:

With functional neurologic symptom disorder, a patient experiences neurological symptoms inconsistent with a neurological disease. Doctors Bullock and Lockman discussed this little known but common diagnosis.

Who we are

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) and, by courtesy, of Emergency Medicine and of Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center and, by courtesy, of Law
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology - Adult) and, by courtesy, of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professor in Medicine

Dr. Kim Bullock demonstrating virtual reality for FND to Dr. Jon Stone, visiting professor from Edinburgh.

Dr. Kim Bullock and Neurology Resident Katherine Werbaneth at FND Conference in Scotland

Dr. Kim Bullock presenting a poster at FND Conference in Scotland

Craig Forte, Dr. Sepideh Bajestan and Dr. Juliana Lockman, after leading an FND therapy group.

Drs. Juliana Lockman, John Barry and Sepideh Bajestan (left to right) with Neuropsychiatry fellowship graduate Dr. Sarah Tymchuk (middle)