Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |
Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology |

Clinical: Approaches · Group therapy · Techniques · Types of problem · Areas of specialism · Taxonomies · Therapeutic issues · Modes of delivery · Model translation project · Personal experiences ·

In clinical psychology and psychiatry functional disorders are disorders that are thought to be caused by psychological factors and are not organic in nature, that is there is no identified physiological or anatomical cause. The term 'functional' can have two implications:

  • that it is a disorder in which the functioning of an organ or organ system is abnormal.
  • and/or that this serves a psychological function in some way.

Status[edit | edit source]

Whether a given medical condition is termed a functional disorder depends in part on the state of knowledge. Some disorders, including epilepsy, schizophrenia, and migraine headaches were once considered functional disorders, but are no longer generally classified that way.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Natelson, Benjamin H. (1998). Facing and fighting fatigue: a practical approach. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. pp. 33. ISBN 0-300-07401-8.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).
  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named isbn0-300-07401-8
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.