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Doctor insights on: Conversion Disorder Vs Somatic Symptom Disorder

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What is the difference between somatic symptom disorder and conversion disorder?

What is the difference between somatic symptom disorder and conversion disorder?

Somatization Disorde: I understand your concern. Somatization Disorder, has at least 4 Pain symptoms, 2 Gastro-intestinal symptoms, 1 sexual symptom and 1 pseudo-neurological symptom. These symptoms can not be explained by general medical condition.. Conversion Disorder has1 or more symptoms affecting voluntary motor or sensory function Symptom is not limited to pain or sexual dysfunction Please see a psychiatrist.

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Conversion And Somatization Disorders (Definition)

Somatization disorder is a tendency to experience physical symptoms that result from underlying psychological problems. Conversion disorder is similar, but refers to a single symptom. A very high percentage of conversion disorder diagnosis is eventually found to be from a physical diagnosis that could not be ...Read more


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The best way to treat conversion disorder?

The best way to treat conversion disorder?

It depends: You didn't provide much history and there are different forms of conversion, from blindness to being unable to walk. I suggest that you try and be introspective, look at your life, figure out where the conflicts are and take steps to resolve them. Maybe engage in stuff you can do for which you can feel proud of yourself. Have you tried psychological therapy? Good luck., .

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How would one come to the diagnosis of a conversion disorder?

How would one come to the diagnosis of a conversion disorder?

Challenging: It is a diagnosis of exclusion. It can be very tough to diagnose - unless you are able to determine the purpose it is serving (which the person would not consciously be aware of)

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What is the cure for conversion disorder?

I agree w Dr Morse: Conversion disorders can be difficult to treat. A light bulb needs to go off - connecting the symptoms with the need that the person is not consciously aware of.

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Can nystagmus be caused by conversion disorder?

Can nystagmus be caused by conversion disorder?

OptokineticNystagmus: can help the doctor differentiate complaints related to physical causes from those that are conversion symptoms. This is to confirming that from a physiologic standpoint, the visual pathways are intact.

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What is conversion disorder and is something real and can you be cured from it and can it happen in your sleep?

What is conversion disorder and is something real and can you be cured from it and can it happen in your sleep?

Yes, it's real: Conversion disorder is a psychiatric condition with neurological symptoms or deficits that are associated with psychological conflicts or stressors beforehand. It's not intentionally produced or feigned. Symptoms can be motor or sensory. Prognosis is good if: onset is acute & recent; associated w/stressful life event; and good overall health. You could possibly wake up with this problem.

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I have conversion disorder. My body will "tingle" when touched sometimes. Only when laying down usually. How do I stop this?

I have conversion disorder. My body will "tingle" when touched sometimes. Only when laying down usually. How do I stop this?

Triple approach: First you want to be sure that you don't have a physical condition that needs to be treated. Then you want to be working with a therapist who will help you explore the underlying reasons for the symptoms. It is also possible that some medication might be helpful in addition to the psychotherapy.

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Could conversion disorder cure/ go away?

Could conversion disorder cure/ go away?

Assuming that: Medical causes have been ruled out, psychotherapy, medications prescribed by a psychiatrist and physical therapy can be of immense benefit for conversion disorder. Depending upon the several factors, it may with treatment, improve or in some cases, be eliminated. Follow up with a psychiatrist and seek a therapist who specializes in conversion disorders, as well as with P.T.. Good luck!

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I have been diagnosed with conversion disorder. Any advise?

I have been diagnosed with conversion disorder. 
Any advise?

Work with your doc: With support and professional assistance many patients with conversion disorder recover in a few weeks. The majority of hospitalized patients with conversion symptoms will experience a remission during the hospital stay. This is even more likely when the conversion symptoms have been of acute onset and short duration, and precipitated by an identifiable psychosocial stressor.

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My sister has beeen diagnosed with conversion disorder. What is this?

My sister has beeen diagnosed with conversion disorder. What is this?

Conversion Disorder: occurs when psychological issues become converted into physical symptoms. For instance a young soldier who is fearful about going to war may suddenly become unable to walk. The soldier is not faking the symptom and likely does not know what is causing it.

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What are the differences between conversion disorder and dissociative dissorder?

What are the differences between conversion disorder and dissociative dissorder?

Different problems: Conversion: physical symptoms produced psychologically. Eg, can't speak due to (unconscious) fear of what you may say. Dissociation: temporary disruption in conscious awareness due to intolerable conditions or recollection.

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What is a conversion disorder? How can you tell if someone in your family has it?

Get checked out: A conversion disorder is where a person has a physical symptom or symptoms without any physical basis and there are underlying psychological issues bringing this about. The person needs to have a physical evaluation to rule out any organic causes and then a psychological evaluation to determine the psychological problem and hopefully treat it.

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Has anyone ever heard of conversion disorder and what exactly is and is something you could grow out of answers asap?

A complex problem: Conversion disorder(cd) is a psychiatric disorder that mimics neurologic disease. Usually the symptoms prevent the person from performing some problematic activity that they have at least mixed feelings about. The cd often goes away when the demand for the activity goes away. One does not grow out of it, but one can grow from learning about it.

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What do you suggest if my sister inlaw has beeen diagnosed with conversion disorder. we don't know much about this condition, but when?

What do you suggest if my sister inlaw has beeen diagnosed with conversion disorder. we don't know much about this condition, but when?

Conversion disorder: This is when a physical symptom is due to mental distress. The psychological distress is manifest in a physical way and the treatment is of the underlying psychological problem, not the medical symptom. It requires treatment from a mental health professional usually a psychiatrist with a therapist.

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I have benign fasciculation syndrome for 2 years. I feel totally fine, but live a very busy life. Can this actually be a conversion disorder?

I have benign fasciculation syndrome for 2 years. I feel totally fine, but live a very busy life. Can this actually be a conversion disorder?

Possibly: stress does many things to our mind and body. Muscle twitching is one of these things. People who have jerking movements or tremors tend to get worse with fatigue and stress.

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If i can get my seizures caused by pnes/conversion disorder to go away, how would i know if they are gone for good? Would i still have cd?

If i can get my seizures caused by pnes/conversion disorder to go away, how would i know if they are gone for good? Would i still have cd?

Pseudoseizures: Non-epileptic seizures are often due to psychiatric stress. As such, they are not true seizures, and do not require seizure medication. The management of emotional stress that brings on these episodes often requires a team of psychology, psychiatry, and social support.

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Do I have risk for conversion disorder? I am a 23 year old male with severe health anxiety and chronic stress. Is it likely I will develop it ?

Do I have risk for conversion disorder? I am a 23 year old male with severe health anxiety and chronic stress. Is it likely I will develop it ?

Possibly, but: Don't self-diagnose! I've provided a visual to show ways the major stress hormone can hurt your body. And there are other impacts too! it's one reason why it is so very important to find a way to reduce stress in your life before stress reduces your life. There are many good practices for stress reduction - find one that fits you and make it a center to your daily mental hygiene.

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I have a conversion disorder and was wondering, other than therapy, what's the best way to overcome this disorder and live a somewhat normal life.

I have a conversion disorder and was wondering, other than therapy, what's the best way to overcome this disorder and live a somewhat normal life.

Therapy: Psychotherapy is really your best bet usually in combination with psychopharmacological interventions that are targeted towards your specific symptoms. Finding and partnering with a good psychiatrist and psychologist will yield the greatest likelihood for successful treatment. It's a tough road ... But will benefit you in the long run. Stick with it & best of luck!

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If i can get my seizures caused by pnes/conversion disorder to go away w/ therapy, how would i know if they are gone for good? Would i still have cd?

If i can get my seizures caused by pnes/conversion disorder to go away w/ therapy, how would i know if they are gone for good? Would i still have cd?

Seizures: In my experience adequate therapy in willingly motivated patients like yourself is very effective and seizures can be controlled for good as you said. The treatment should help both conditions simultaneously. Discuss this with your treating physician as well. Hope you feel better soon.