Conversion Disorder

Common Name(s)

Conversion Disorder

Conversion disorder is a condition in which a person has blindness, paralysis, or other nervous system symptoms that cannot be explained. Symptoms may occur because of emotional distress or psychological problems. They usually begin suddenly after a stressful experience. People are more at risk for a conversion disorder if they also have a medical illness, dissociative disorder, or personality disorder. Psychotherapy and stress management training may help reduce symptoms. The affected body part or physical function will need physical or occupational therapy until the symptoms disappear.
 

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Conversion Disorder" returned 36 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Distinct modulation of event-related potentials during motor preparation in patients with motor conversion disorder.
 

Author(s): Rebekah L Blakemore, Brian I Hyland, Graeme D Hammond-Tooke, J Greg Anson

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Conversion paresis patients and healthy people feigning weakness both exhibit weak voluntary movement without detectable neuropathology. Uniquely, conversion patients lack a sense of conscious awareness of the origin of their impairment. We investigated whether conversion paresis ...

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2013

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Incidence and 12-month outcome of non-transient childhood conversion disorder in the U.K. and Ireland.
 

Author(s): Cornelius Ani, Richard Reading, Richard Lynn, Simone Forlee, Elena Garralda

Journal: Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Jun;202():413-8.

 

Little is known about conversion disorder in childhood.

Last Updated: 4 Jun 2013

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Cathecol-O-methyl transferase Val158Met genotype is not a risk factor for conversion disorder.
 

Author(s): E Armagan, M L Almacıoglu, T Yakut, A Köse, M Karkucak, O Köksal, O Görükmez

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Alterations in catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) activity are involved in various types of neurological disorders. We examined a possible association between the COMT Val158Met polymorphism and conversion disorder in a study of 48 patients with conversion disorder and 48 control ...

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2013

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The terms "Conversion Disorder" returned 6 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Treatment of a severe conversion disorder in a 10-year-old boy: a case study and overview.
 

Author(s): Berna Ozsungur, Dilşad Foto-Özdemir, Seniz Ozusta, Meral Topçu, Haluk Topaloğlu

Journal: Turk. J. Pediatr.. ;54(4):413-8.

 

Conversion disorder (CD) in children remains a major challenge both in pediatric and mental health clinics and is still a prevalent psychiatric disorder in developing countries. The authors describe a 10-year-old boy with the complaints of inability to walk, speak or eat, excessive ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2013

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Conversion disorder: advances in our understanding.
 

Author(s): Anthony Feinstein

Journal: CMAJ. 2011 May;183(8):915-20.

 

Last Updated: 17 May 2011

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Abreaction for conversion disorder: systematic review with meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Norman A Poole, Axel Wuerz, Niruj Agrawal

Journal: Br J Psychiatry. 2010 Aug;197(2):91-5.

 

The value of drug interviews in the treatment of conversion disorder is at present unknown.

Last Updated: 3 Aug 2010

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Psychopathology of Dissociative Disorders
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dissociative Disorders

 

Last Updated: 5 Jul 2011

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TMS and Attentional Bias in Functional Motor Disorder
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Conversion Disorder

 

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2014

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Feasibility Study of Physiotherapy for Functional Motor Symptoms
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Conversion Disorder

 

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2014

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