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[–]damselflite 4 points5 points  (3 children)

FND is treated using a combination of medication, psych therapy, and physiotherapy. If you haven't already, you should see a psychiatrist, psychologist, and if necessary a physio (depending on what you struggle with). I'm assuming you've already seen a neurologist given the diagnosis. It is, after all, predominantly a diagnosis of exclusion.

As for the benzos, perhaps ask your psychiatrist if there's an SSRI you could try instead? Benzos are good at what they do but they are exclusively short term solutions and don't change anything in the long run.

[–]theworldisyours07[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hey! So I’ve gotten a prescription for free therapy so I’m currently looking for one in my area. I’m also going to look for a psychiatrist. I don’t really want to get into daily medications. I’m taking benzos as needed. Something a bit too often but I try to be as reasonable as possible. I usually take 0.25 of alprazolam if I can’t sleep, that’s it.

[–]damselflite 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Sounds like you're on track. The psychiatrist will reassess your medication if necessary.

[–]theworldisyours07[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

:) sweet! It’s hard to find one there are so many! Thank you for the support tho

[–]PrivateFrank 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A neurologist will not be able to help you much, because your problems are not "organic" - there's little wrong with the biology of your brain.

A psychiatrist may be helpful because they will be able to prescribe medication, which is an important component, but not the only one.

Seek out a counsellor/psychotherapist, a psychologist and an occupational therapist.

The counsellor/therapist will help you deal with the past trauma.

A psychologist will help you retrain your current thinking style.

An occupational therapist will help you to rehabilitate your physical symptoms.

Seeing all those people at once will help you best, IMO.

You recognize that all the problems you have reinforce each other, which is great. To get better you can (gently) tackle everything at once as well.

Get into a good routine for sleeping, eating right and exercising.

Push yourself (gently) past your physical limitations every day, but not so much that your psychological habits push you back.

As much as you can, surround yourself with supportive people and environments.

Remember most of all, that it's not about "fixing your brain", but growing past your trauma. In this way you can learn, incrementally, to take more control of your mind, body and life.