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conversion disorder

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A psychiatric disorder characterized by the presence of symptoms, such as paralysis, tremor, or visual or auditory problems, that resemble those of nervous system dysfunction but cannot be explained by a neurological disorder. Development of the disorder is often associated with psychological stress or trauma. Also called conversion reaction, functional neurological symptom disorder.

conversion disorder

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(Pathology) a psychological disorder in which severe physical symptoms like blindness or paralysis appear with no apparent physical cause
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Noun1.conversion disorder - a mental disorder characterized by the conversion of mental conflict into somatic forms (into paralysis or anesthesia having no apparent cause)
folie, mental disorder, mental disturbance, psychological disorder, disturbance - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
glove anesthesia - a mental disorder involving loss of sensitivity in the hand and wrist; "since no combination of nerves serve this area a glove anesthesia is clearly psychogenic in origin"
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Common diagnosis included epilepsy, behavioral/ conversion disorders and mental retardation.
In the ICD-10, conversion disorders and dissociative disorders are included in the same group (World Health Organization, 1992), using the term "dissociative disorders of movement and sensation" instead of the term "conversion".
Conversion disorders have a high frequency of co-morbid anxiety and depressive symptoms (Bowman and Markand, 1996; Sar, Akyuz, Kundakci, Kiziltan and Dogan, 2004).
Comparative studies of conversion disorders in childhood and adolescence.
This edition has been revised and expanded with a new section on psychiatric issues, focusing on the behavioral features that occur with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and Tourette syndrome, as well as conversion disorders that present with movement abnormalities.
After admission to the EMU, seven were diagnosed with epilepsy and four with conversion disorders (nonepileptic seizures).
The control group (GMDs) was matched with the patients with conversion disorders in terms of gender, education, socioeconomic status and age.
Psychological reasons like depression and conversion disorders were ruled out by applying MINI scale, and were diagnosed as psychogenic vomiting, and were treated.
Johnstone, 2000; Laurance, 2003) and instead focuses on the individual with reference to conversion disorders using the, even then, outmoded term 'hysteria'.
Conversion disorders consist of disorders of movement, such as seizures or paralysis, or disorders of sensations, such as numbness or blindness.
Dulac, a pediatric neurologist from France, and coeditors Lassonde and Sarnat bring together neurologists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and others from around the world for 51 chapters on the diagnosis, treatment, and other aspects of nonepileptic paroxysmal disorders and respiratory disorders, conversion disorders, trauma, tumors, myelopathy, vascular disorders, and inflammatory and infectious diseases.
11) Therefore, there is a clear need for an increased understanding of psychiatric and neurologic components of diagnosing conversion disorders.