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What is conversion disorder?

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This condition, also called functional neurological symptom disorder, is diagnosed when you have neurological symptoms that can't be traced back to a medical cause. For example, you may have:

Stress usually makes symptoms of conversion disorder worse.

  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Abnormal movements, such as a tremor or unsteady gait
  • Blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of sensation or numbness

From: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Somatoform Disorders."

Omaya, O. , Nov. 1, 2007. American Family Physician

First, M. and Tasman, A. , second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Somatoform Disorders."

Omaya, O. , Nov. 1, 2007. American Family Physician

First, M. and Tasman, A. , second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 14, 2018

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