Somatoform Disorders

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module Overview

This module introduces the most common clinical presentations of functional (non-organic) neurological symptoms, encompassing psychogenic movement disorders and non-epileptic attacks. The diagnosis of somatoform disorders is explained with focus on the role of clinical examination and neuropsychiatric investigation in assisting the differential diagnosis between dissociation, factitious and malingering. Possible underlying mechanisms are covered and available management options are presented according to current evidence.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Identify the different presentations of functional neurological symptoms, including psychogenic movement disorders and non-epileptic attack disorder
  • Understand the differential diagnosis between somatoform disorders, factitious disorders and malingering
  • Critically appraise the scientific literature on the clinical and research aspects of functional neurological symptoms
  • Understand the methods of investigation and diagnosis of somatoform disorders and apply them to clinical practice
  • Understand the management options available to patients with somatoform disorders and apply them to clinical practice

Credits

10 credits

Module Attendance Required

Module dates are to be confirmed

Assessment

Presentation

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Professor Andrea Cavanna - Consultant in Behavioural Neurology and Deputy Programme Lead Most lectures are from visiting consultants, professionals and researchers in the field.

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand-alone course if required. If taken as an individual module you will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD purposes.

Fee if taken as a stand alone course

For information on fees please contact the Programme Administrator. Please note - no masters level credits are available for this module unless taken as part of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme.

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

For information on requirements please contact the Programme Administrator. You are encouraged to get in contact no later than 6 weeks before the start date of the module to ensure we can consider your application. More information Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator, +44 (0)121 415 8118, clinicalneuro@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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