Episode 80

Functional Neurological Disorders with Alex Lehn


February 22nd, 2022

1 hr 7 mins 11 secs

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About this Episode

*The information in this podcast is intended for Healthcare Practitioners.

In this episode, Nathan speaks with Neurologist, Dr Alexander Lehn about functional neurological disorders (FND). Dr Alexander Lehn heads the movement disorder service at PA Hospital and together with Dr Sarah Olson runs the deep brain stimulation service at PA Hospital and Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.

Dr Lehn has a keen interest in FND and from 2015 to 2019 ran a dedicated clinic for Functional Neurological Disorders at Mater Hospital, the first such clinic in Australia. With his multidisciplinary team of health professionals, he runs regular teaching courses for FND across Australia and has published extensively in this area.


  • About functional neurological disorders (FND) (6:00)
  • Signs and symptoms (8:40)
  • The biopsychosocial model (19:00)
  • Diagnosing FND (30:00)
  • Treatment (38:00)
  • COVID-19 vaccine side effects (46:00)
  • Resources for those with FND (62:00)

Useful Links

Functional Neurological Disorders Australia website: FNDaustralia.com.au

Link to the book Nathan mentions, The Sleeping Beauties by Suzanne O’Sullivan: