Dr Jon Stone
Work Dept. Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh
Address: Western General Hosp Crewe Rd Edinburgh EH42XU UK
Job Title: Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: MBChB MRCP PhD
I have been involved with research on functional symptoms in neurology since 1999. These are genuine symptoms which relate to a problem in nervous system functioning rather than disease. They are also described as dissociative symptoms, psychogenic symptoms and conversion disorder – all these terms describe a real, distressing and often physically disabling problem.
My PhD was a case control study of functional weakness. With colleagues Michael Sharpe, Alan Carson and Charles Warlow I have also worked on the Scottish Neurological Symptoms Study (SNSS), (a large epidemiological study in neurology outpatients), a randomised controlled trial of treatment of guided self-help published in 2011, a functional MRI study of functional paralysis and systematic reviews. I have been an advisor to the DSM-5 and ICD-11 on this topic.
I am keen to improve clinical understanding and treatments for patients with functional neurological symptoms. I believe the best way to do this is through clinical research and by providing good educational and self-help resources to improve knowledge and attitudes among doctors and patients.
I am pursuing further descriptive clinical research and piloting multidisciplinary treatments involving neurology and psychiatry. I am especially interested in developing treatments for functional weakness with a view to further randomised controlled trials.
In 2009 I wrote a self-help website for patients, www.neurosymptoms.org, which has been well received by patients and doctors internationally and receives about 8000 hits per month (July 2011). It has been translated in to Swedish and Dutch.
I run a weekly clinic for patients with functional neurological symptoms at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh but I receive more clinical referrals than I can see. Usually I am unable to see referrals from outside South East Scotland and I do not carry out private practice.