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Functional Neurological Disorder Program

What is FND?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is used to describe neurologic symptoms incompatible with an established medical illness. Many terms have been used to describe FND, from hysteria to conversion disorder. As knowledge of this condition has increased, it is now understood that FND stems from biological, environmental and psychological vulnerabilities. 

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If high school age or younger, please call 650.723.5511

Our Services

The Functional Neurological Disorder Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford treats patients suffering from FND with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.

  • Consultation Clinic: Clients receive a clinical evaluation resulting  in an individualized treatment plan

  • Therapy Groups: Virtual and in-person, designed specifically for clients with FND
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Functional Neurological Disorders (DBT4FND)

  • Individual Psychotherapy: Select opportunity for time-limited services

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. 

Resources and Helpful Information

This website and its contents are designed for informational purposes only and must not be substituted for professional care.

Educational animation for patients and families showing how the brain works in FND and the effects of treatment

Stanford Health Library: Functional Neurologic Disorder with Drs. Lockman and Bullock

(53 minutes)

How to deliver the diagnosis of FND and treatment options utilizing the neuroscience of FND

Understanding Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures with Dr. Fisher

(3 minutes)

Psychogenic Seizures: What are They, How Can They be Diagnosed and Treated? with Drs. Fisher, Barry, and Kanner 

(60 minutes)

FNDhope.org Facebook live event with Drs. Bullock and Bajestan


Sepideh Bajestan, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Kim Bullock, MD
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jose R. Maldonado, MD, FACLP, FACFE
John and Terry Levin Family Professor of Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Emergency Medicine and of Medicine
John Barry, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology - Adult) and, by courtesy, of Neurology
David Spiegel
Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor of Medicine

Drs. Lockman (left) and Bajestan (right) rehearsing an educational FND video

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.

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