Emotions and FND

Dr. Moenter explores emotional imbalances as part of FND. Research shows that individuals with FND have a higher autonomic sensitivity to emotional stimuli, especially threat signals, and therefore a high autonomic arousal at baseline increased orienting responses > high sensitivity to threat signals and motor mobilization higher amygdalar activity.

Unusual limbic-motor interactions in reaction to emotional stimuli: neuroimaging evidence addressing motor activation during the processing of emotional information in FND patients
higher functional connectivity between the amygdala and supplementary motor area (SMA) during processing of both positive and negative emotional stimuli.

Common emotions that individuals with FND feel are shame, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, helplessness, and fear. Dr. Moenter’s explains how emotions can be an expression of a regulated (sadness, curiosity, anger, fear etc.) or a dysregulated (terror, rage, shame, obsession etc.) nervous system. As part of your healing process you will learn how to identify your emotions as they relate to your nervous system activation and learn how to self-regulate your emotional state. Such emotional self-regulation can positively impact your functional neurological symptoms.

Dr. Moenter also explores how emotions contribute to your body posture, how you hold yourself in your body, and how in turn that experience might make you more susceptible to certain FND symptoms. By learning about and changing your Emotional Anatomy (Stanley Keleman) you will increase your interoception (body awareness) and increase your ability to regulate your nervous system.

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