Gerrit Kramer

Gerrit Kramer

As a medicine student, I was always fascinated by the fields of neurology and psychiatry. Both fields have something mysterious and I felt a strong attraction to them. When I came at the department of neurology and was offered a choice to study functional movement disorders. I took this opportunity and as I am learning more about this subject, my fascination keeps on growing.

Functional somatic symptoms are symptoms that cannot be explained by known organic disorders, but can be as disabling as any other known organic disorder. Functional somatic symptoms are present in all fields of medicine, ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome to functional movement disorders. The interesting thing about my subject is that I study functional tremor, one of the very few functional somatic symptoms that can be studied objectively by using, for example, a wrist-worn sensor. This offers ways to study this disorder in different ways than would be possible in other functional somatic symptoms.