Functional or Psychogenic Movement Disorders

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Functional movement disorders (FMD) pose a challenge to neurologists. A careful exam and history, as well as experience evaluating abnormal movements, are needed to accurately diagnose FMD. Treatment is most effective when implemented early in the course of symptoms, and should include a multi-disciplinary approach combining the expertise of neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation. Although some patients may improve or remit, many patients experience chronic symptoms and a high degree of disability. Functional imaging studies have helped elucidate underlying mechanisms and may lead to better treatments in the future

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNon-Parkinsonian Movement Disorders
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781118474075
ISBN (Print)9781118473924
StatePublished - Dec 27 2016


  • Distractibility
  • Fixed dystonia
  • Functional
  • Gait disorder
  • Psychogenic
  • Tremor
  • Variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Zauber, S. (2016). Functional or Psychogenic Movement Disorders. In Non-Parkinsonian Movement Disorders (pp. 161-167). Wiley Blackwell.