Mikaela Leandertz, Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona

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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a neuropsychiatric condition caused by impairment of the functioning of the nervous system in which patients experience neurological symptoms that are clinically incompatible with pathophysiological explanations. The interdisciplinary overlap between neurology and psychiatry combined with patients’ diverse experiences of their diagnosis and related symptoms makes it difficult for professionals to develop treatment plans catered to the unique needs of the individual. A current study is exploring the use of psychotherapeutically oriented vibroacoustic treatment and multimodal music therapy aiming to develop a clinical model for patients with FND. The treatment protocol for the study emphasizes multidisciplinary involvement throughout all phases of the protocol, alongside multimodal approaches to assessment and treatment. This presentation outlines the multidisciplinary roles within the protocol, perspectives from the disciplines (music therapy, neurology, psychiatry), and presents preliminary findings in regards to the multidisciplinary nature of the study.

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