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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The terms "Conversion Disorder" returned 59 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[The conversion disorder in the DSM-5: what's in a name?].
 

Author(s): C M van der Feltz-Cornelis

Journal: Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2015 ;57(8):577-8.

 

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2015

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Conversion Disorder; an Unusual Etiology of Unilateral Foot Drop.
 

Author(s): Saeed Bin Ayaz, Sumeera Matee, Riffat Malik, Khalil Ahmad

Journal: Acta Neurol Taiwan. 2015 Jun;24(2):47-51.

 

Foot drop is generally a consequence of common peroneal or sciatic nerve injury or L5 radiculopathy but rarely, it can be a manifestation of conversion disorder.

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2015

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Knowledge of conversion disorder in children by pediatricians in a developing country.
 

Author(s): A C Ndukuba, R C Ibekwe, P C Odinka, R C Muomah, S O Nwoha, C Eze

Journal: Niger J Clin Pract. ;18(4):534-7.

 

Conversion disorder (CD) in children presents the clinician with a diagnostic and treatment dilemma. Mistaking a physical condition for CD carries serious consequences for the child while continued investigation in line with physical disease in a child with CD also may expose the ...

Last Updated: 13 May 2015

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The terms "Conversion Disorder" returned 7 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[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: 25 Sep 2015

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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: 2 Oct 2012

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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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Last Updated: 23 May 2016

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Comparing Different Treatments in Reducing Dissociative Seizure Occurrence
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Convulsion, Nonepileptic; Conversion Disorder; Dissociative Disorder

 

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2016

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Psychopathology of Dissociative Disorders
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dissociative Disorders

 

Last Updated: 5 Jul 2011

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