Conversion Disorder

Below you will find more information about Conversion Disorder from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Conversion Disorder it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Conversion Disorder and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Conversion Disorder comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Conversion disorder is defined as a psychiatric disorder wherein people convey emotional distress through 'physical' manifestations and symptoms. The symptoms appear involuntarily, while medical examination doesn't explain any clear-defined root of the dysfunction.


Diagnosis may be challenging, as doctors need to rule out health conditions that resembles the symptoms of Conversion Disorder. Diagnostic approaches may include laboratory tests and physical exam. Neuromascular testing and X-rays can help doctors confirm that muscle and bone capacity is intact in patients who claim mobility loss.


Treatment approaches differ from patient to patient, taking into account the underlying factors, perpetuating factors, and events that trigger the condition. Treatment options include psychotherapy, suggestive therapy, physical therapy, hypnosis, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and treatment of psychiatric reactions and related stress.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms usually affect one's sensory or motor skills, such as one's ability to swallow, walk, hear, and see. The condition also imitates a medical or nervous system disorder. Symptoms include numbness; balance loss; leg or arm paralysis; inability to swallow, speak, and feel pain; deafness or hearing impairment; hallucinations; convulsions; vomiting; trembling; diarrhea; and urination inability.


The cause of this condition isn't known, but researchers are studying anomalies of brain circuitry, particularly the ones that govern sensory and motor skills, as the possible explanation.

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