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The Broken Brain

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Some Doctors who are still uneducated in this disorder, will try to tell you that it’s in your head!

Well the head holds our brain which is the engine that works the body, tells the heart to pump blood, the lungs to breathe etc.

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But we also have a mind, which processes our emotions and thoughts.

Behind having Functional Movement Disorder there is usually an underlying cause, a reason that we either don’t remember from childhood. Or that we couldn’t cope with and process at the time it was happening, so it’s all very like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Our brains have had a break in the central nervous system, meaning signals do not process for our movements correctly anymore or not always.
It is not our minds at fault, but the brain which is our bodies machine.

So FMD is a bit like PTSD for which you need to be seen by a Neuropsychologist, for them to be able to try and find the cause behind your movement problems.

It can take a long time to get to the bottom of the individual’s reasons, some maybe quick if your lucky, others may never find the reason if it is too deep to find.
But talking really can help, and I don’t mean to a Psychiatrist because as I said it’s not our mind but the brain that is broken.

It is a psychological problem, and talking can help you to try to relearn how to think and feel about yourself. Hopefully meaning in due course, that your brain will figure out a new route to send the movement signals.

The brain is a wonderful thing, and is still very misunderstood even now in this day and age.
But our Doctors and researchers are all finding more information everyday, unfolding the mystery for us.

There is research into Neuroplasticity, where the brain can learn to reroute signals by remapping in response to injury.
Just think of it as how we have learnt and held information in our brains from being a child, our brains just continue to learn.

This is by the changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.

We will all get there in the end, to a better place of understanding and then hopefully better health.

Andrea x

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