International FND (Functional Neurological Disorder) Awareness Day
On April 13, 2017, FND Hope International will participate in the 5th annual International FND (Functional Neurological Disorder) Awareness Day. With the theme “Solving the FND Puzzle,” awareness will be raised through social media, online doctor interviews, fundraisers, an online art auction, and patient support materials, highlighting unsung heroes (medical professionals and caregivers) and the FND Scientific Registry will be introduced for much needed medical research.
FND is a condition in which patients experience a broad range of neurological symptoms such as movement disorders and sensory issues. Essentially, there is a problem with the functioning of the nervous system sending and/or receiving signals from the body rather than structural disease. These symptoms appear similar to disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Epilepsy, and can be equally debilitating and distressing. Functional symptoms are genuine but potentially reversible; they are estimated to affect up to ⅓ of neurology patients. This condition is misunderstood and therefore highly stigmatized, which sets up difficulties for patients to access effective treatment.
FND Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting FND patients. Their mission is to promote awareness, support affected individuals and advance research. In doing this, they hope to empower patients to better health.
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