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What are the criteria for a diagnosis of conversion disorder?

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For your doctor to diagnose you with conversion disorder, your symptoms must meet the standards set by the American Psychiatric Association:

  • They affect your movement or senses, and you can’t control them.
  • They can be related to a stressful event, but don’t have to be.
  • You’re not faking them.
  • They can’t be explained by any other condition, medication, or behavior.
  • They cause you stress in social and work settings.
  • They aren’t caused by another mental health problem.

From: What Is Conversion Disorder? WebMD Medical Reference

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Medline Plus: “Conversion Disorder.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Conversion Disorder.”

May Clinic Disease and Conditions: “Conversion Disorder.” o

National Center for Advancing Transitional Sciences, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Conversion Disorder.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: “Conversion Disorder.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Conversion Disorder.”

May Clinic Disease and Conditions: “Conversion Disorder.” o

National Center for Advancing Transitional Sciences, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Conversion Disorder.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 11, 2018

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