Why did this happen to me?
Written by Professor Mark Edwards
This is a big and complicated question. I think to start with it is important to address the issue of psychological factors again. Many of you will be aware of the term “conversion disorder”, which is one of the many words used to describe FND. It is based on a specific theory that functional symptoms are caused by a reaction to an underlying psychological stress/trauma which is somehow converted into physical symptoms. This theory is very widely known amongst doctors and is the commonest way the diagnosis is explained to patients.