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What is conversion ?

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Dr. Eric Anderson
Psychiatry
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In brief: Conversion

Depends upon the context in which you heard it.
If referring to a conversion disorder, this is an ailment whereby the person experiences or displays physical symptoms of a non-organic cause (blindness, pseudoseizures, and paralysis are common). These displays are usually due to an extreme psychological/emotional trauma. The mind protects itself by converting the mental trauma to a physical one.

In brief: Conversion

Depends upon the context in which you heard it.
If referring to a conversion disorder, this is an ailment whereby the person experiences or displays physical symptoms of a non-organic cause (blindness, pseudoseizures, and paralysis are common). These displays are usually due to an extreme psychological/emotional trauma. The mind protects itself by converting the mental trauma to a physical one.
Dr. Eric Anderson
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Anderson has given you a good answer. Conversion is a diagnosis of exclusion. Good luck on finding the cause.
Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Body-talk

A conversion reaction is when a person has an emotional reaction that he or she is not aware of, and instead of being able to verbalize that emotion, the body "communicates" it with a symptoms.
Conversion symptoms can be common like dizziness, or more complex like paralysis, wheezing or inability to speak.

In brief: Body-talk

A conversion reaction is when a person has an emotional reaction that he or she is not aware of, and instead of being able to verbalize that emotion, the body "communicates" it with a symptoms.
Conversion symptoms can be common like dizziness, or more complex like paralysis, wheezing or inability to speak.
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