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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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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! ...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., . ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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