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When someone says my learning difficulties are functional what does that mean?
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Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry
In brief: Not structural
Functional vs. Structural/anatomic is a dichotomization that used to be popular but getting outdated.
It used to be that if there is no detectable brain lesion, then a disease is considered "functional". For example, brain tumor is not a functional disorder while depression is. Advances in brain imaging technology increasingly show structural changes in all brain disorders.

In brief: Not structural
Functional vs. Structural/anatomic is a dichotomization that used to be popular but getting outdated.
It used to be that if there is no detectable brain lesion, then a disease is considered "functional". For example, brain tumor is not a functional disorder while depression is. Advances in brain imaging technology increasingly show structural changes in all brain disorders.
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