Causes

One single cause of a functional disorder can rarely be found. In general, several factors contribute to the disorder.

  • Some people are congenitally vulnerable. It lies in their genes that they more easily than others can develop a functional disorder.
  • Some people develop a functional disorder after great or long-term stress, e.g. a divorce, illness in the family or social problems.
  • Sometimes an infectious disease or an accident cause the development of a functional disorder.
  • However, usually several factors are at play at the same time.

In the menu to the left, you can read more about the various factors that can lead to the development of a functional disorder.

A population study

Functional disorders are not a new phenomenon. Far back in history we find descriptions of functional disorders, but we do not know whether they have become more or less frequent than earlier. A large population study will try to shed a light on this.

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Revised 23.04.2012