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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Periodic Paralysis Association

To provide convenient access to science-based information to help better understand and manage the periodic paralyses. To stimulate interaction between the periodic paralysis community and various professional disciplines that may be able to bring light to this complex and often misunderstood collection of disorders. To provide the tools and a forum for open discussion of the diverse issues associated with these disorders. To promote an increasing level of awareness of these disorders, leading to increased research, improved management guidelines, improved diagnostic protocols, and ultimately, their prevention and cure

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Conversion Disorder" for support, advocacy or research.

Periodic Paralysis Association

To provide convenient access to science-based information to help better understand and manage the periodic paralyses. To stimulate interaction between the periodic paralysis community and various professional disciplines that may be able to bring light to this complex and often misunderstood collection of disorders. To provide the tools and a forum for open discussion of the diverse issues associated with these disorders. To promote an increasing level of awareness of these disorders, leading to increased research, improved management guidelines, improved diagnostic protocols, and ultimately, their prevention and cure

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Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Conversion Disorder" returned 64 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Symptom-specific amygdala hyperactivity modulates motor control network in conversion disorder.
 

Author(s): Thomas Hassa, Alexandra Sebastian, Joachim Liepert, Cornelius Weiller, Roger Schmidt, Oliver Tüscher

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Initial historical accounts as well as recent data suggest that emotion processing is dysfunctional in conversion disorder patients and that this alteration may be the pathomechanistic neurocognitive basis for symptoms in conversion disorder. However, to date evidence of direct interaction ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Personality disorder symptom severity predicts onset of mood episodes and conversion to bipolar I disorder in individuals with bipolar spectrum disorder.
 

Author(s): Tommy H Ng, Taylor A Burke, Jonathan P Stange, Patricia D Walshaw, Rachel B Weiss, Snezana Urosevic, Lyn Y Abramson, Lauren B Alloy

Journal: J Abnorm Psychol. 2017 Apr;126(3):271-284.

 

Although personality disorders (PDs) are highly comorbid with bipolar spectrum disorders (BSDs), little longitudinal research has been conducted to examine the prospective impact of PD symptoms on the course of BSDs. The aim of this study is to examine whether PD symptom severity ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Postoperative Conversion Disorder Presenting as Inspiratory Stridor and Hemiparesis in a Pediatric Patient.
 

Author(s): Erik J Nelson, Jennifer Y Wu

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BACKGROUND Postoperative conversion disorder is rare and has been reported. The diagnosis is usually made after all major organic causes have been ruled out. CASE REPORT We describe a case of a 13-year-old female who presented in the post-anesthesia care unit with acute-onset inspiratory ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Conversion Disorder" returned 9 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Neural correlates of conversion disorder: overview and meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies on motor conversion disorder.
 

Author(s): Markus Boeckle, Gregor Liegl, Robert Jank, Christoph Pieh

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Conversion Disorders (CD) are prevalent functional disorders. Although the pathogenesis is still not completely understood, an interaction of genetic, neurobiological, and psychosocial factors is quite likely. The aim of this study is to provide a systematic overview on imaging studies ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Conversion disorder: from DSM IV to DSM 5 or from a psychiatric to a neurological diagnosis].
 

Author(s): M Vermeulen, M H A Willems

Journal: Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2015 ;57(8):569-76.

 

According to one of the diagnostic criteria of the dsm iv for conversion disorder there has to be a temporal relationship between psychological factors and the onset, or the worsening, of the symptoms. This criterion has been omitted in the dsm-5. Another criterion, namely that the ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Aphonia induced by conversion disorder during a Cesarean section.
 

Author(s): Kwok-On Ng, Jia-Fu Lee, Wui-Chiu Mui

Journal: Acta Anaesthesiol Taiwan. 2012 Sep;50(3):138-41.

 

Aphonia induced by conversion disorder during surgery is a rare event. We report a woman 28 years of age who was undergoing a Cesarean section under epidural anesthesia. The patient sustained aphonia without detected neurologic deficits. Emergency consultations of a psychiatrist and ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Prognosis in Motor Functional Neurological Disorders
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Conversion Disorder

 

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2018

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The Pathophysiology of Functional Neurological Disorders
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Functional Neurological Disorders

 

Last Updated: 1 Nov 2017

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Embodied Virtual Reality Therapy for Functional Neurological Symptom/ Conversion Disorder
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Conversion Disorder; Psychogenic Movement Disorder; Functional Movement Disorder; Functional Neurological Disorder; Non-epileptic Seizures

 

Last Updated: 16 Apr 2018

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