Understanding and Treating Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) in Children and Adolescents

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Welcome to the On-demand webinar episode with Dr Dr Kasia Kozlowska – Understanding and Treating Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) in Children and Adolescents.

This course delves into the multifaceted nature of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), exploring the underlying mechanisms, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment strategies. FND is a complex and often misunderstood condition that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. It is characterized by unexplained physical symptoms that significantly impact functioning. It is relatively common among young individuals, necessitating early recognition and intervention for improved outcomes.

Functional Neurological Disorder is thought to occur when cumulative social stressors either overactivate or dysregulate the body’s intricate stress system. Neural network function is compromised and this manifests in unexplained, transient symptom clusters. It is important to understand how to diagnose and treat FND because FND is a common disorder, thought to present in around 23% of new patients. (Koslowska et al., 2022)

By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, diagnose, and provide effective care for individuals with FND.

This course should take approximately 2.5 hours for you to complete.

Throughout this course, we will:

  • ​Learn about the signs and symptoms of functional neurological disorder
  • ​Explore the aetiological and neurobiological mechanisms involved in functional neurological disorder
  • ​Develop and implement treatment plans for children and adolescents with functional neurological disorder (FND)
  • Standardise patient care through the use of evidence-based interventions for FND

Speaker profile – Dr Kasia Kozlowska

Dr Kasia Kozlowska is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinician-researcher at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Westmead Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney. With her extensive expertise and dedication to the field, Dr Kozlowska has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of functional neurological disorders (FND) in children.

At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Dr Kozlowska leads a multidisciplinary consultation-liaison team, working collaboratively with experts from various disciplines to provide comprehensive care for children with complex medical conditions, including FND. Her research program focuses specifically on children with functional neurological disorders, aiming to bridge the gap between research findings and clinical practice. Dr Kozlowska also directs a specialist program that offers tailored treatment for children who are disabled by functional neurological symptoms.

Dr Sanil Rege is a consultant psychiatrist and academic with dual qualifications from the UK and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK).

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