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What is conversion disorder?


For most people, symptoms of conversion disorder get better with nothing more than reassurance that they don't have a serious health problem. However, up to one in four people may show new conversion symptoms later on. You may be more likely to have long-lasting symptoms or develop new conversion disorder symptoms if: You delay seeking treatment; Your symptoms aren't clearly linked to stress; Your symptoms come on slowly, or don't improve quickly; You have more-serious psychiatric conditions along with conversion disorder; You have tremors or seizures not caused by epilepsy

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Conversion disorder

Conversion disorder is a condition in which a person has blindness, paralysis, or other nervous system (neurologic) symptoms that cannot be explained.

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Conversion disorder

Conversion disorder is a condition in which you show psychological stress in physical ways. Conversion disorder usually appears suddenly after a stressful event. For example, your leg may become paralyzed after falling from a horse even though you weren't hurt. Conversion disorder signs and symptoms appear with no underlying physical cause, and you can't control them.

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Temporomandibular Disorder

Temporomandibular (tem-po-ro-man-DIB-u-lar) disorder, also called TMD, is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the structures around it. These structures include the muscles, nerves, and tendons of the jaw, face, or neck. The TMJ connects your mandible (jawbone) to the temporal bone of the skull (head). The jaw is a long bone that forms the chin and holds the lower teeth. It goes up towards the ear on both sides of the face. The TMJ contains a small cartilage disc that keeps the temporal bones and jaw bones from rubbing on each other. The TMJ and jaw muscles help in opening and closing the mouth, and are used particularly with chewing.

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Disorders That Disrupt Sleep

Parasomnias are disruptive sleep-related disorders. They are characterized by undesirable physical or verbal behaviors or experiences. Parasomnias occur in association with sleep, specific stages of sleep (see Sleep: Understanding the Basics), or sleep-awake transition phases. Parasomnias may be divided into the following categories:

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Conversion to sinus rhythm of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), including that associated with accessory bypass tracts (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome). When clinically advisable, appropriate vagal maneuvers (e.g., Valsalva maneuver), should be attempted prior to Adenocard administration.

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Conversion disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Conversion disorder is a condition in which patients present with neurological symptoms such as numbness, blindness, paralysis, or fits without a ...

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Conversion Disorder in Emergency Medicine: eMedicine Emergency ...

Mar 16, 2011 ... Overview: Conversion disorder is classified as one of the somatoform disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ...

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Conversion Disorder - NYU Langone Medical Center

Conversion disorder is a neurological disorder in which physical symptoms are unconsciously caused by a stressful or traumatic event. ...

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Conversion Disorder - InteliHealth:

Oct 16, 2008 ... A conversion disorder is a rare mental disorder in which a person has physical symptoms that no medical condition can explain. ...

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What Is Conversion Disorder?

Learn about conversion and somatitization disorders, including symptom and treatment information.

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Causes
Episodes of conversion disorder are nearly always triggered by a stressful event, an emotional conflict or another mental health disorder, such as depression.

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Exams and Tests
Common signs of conversion disorder include:A debilitating symptom that begins suddenly; A history of a psychological problem that gets better after the symptom appears; A lack of concern that usually occurs with a severe symptom

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Medical advice
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you or someone you know has symptoms of a conversion disorder.

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Outlook (Prognosis)
Symptoms usually last for days to weeks and may suddenly go away. Usually the symptom itself is not life threatening, but complications can be debilitating.

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Preparing for your appointment
You're likely to start by first seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. Generally, if a clear diagnosis can't be made by your family doctor, you'll be referred to a neurologist or psychiatrist. In some cases both a neurologist and a psychiatrist are needed to rule out an underlying neurological condition and to verify that it is indeed conversion disorder and not another psychological condition.

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Prevention
Conversion disorder is triggered by a reaction to some kind of stress. Stress-relieving activities such as meditation and yoga may help reduce reactions to the events that prompt symptoms of conversion disorder.

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Risk factors
Conversion disorder risk factors include: Recent significant stress or emotional trauma; Being female women are much more likely to get conversion disorder than are men; Being an adolescent or young adult conversion disorder can occur at any age, but it's most common during adolescence or early adulthood; Having a mental health condition such as mood and anxiety disorders, dissociative disorder and certain personality disorders; Having a family member with conversion disorder; A history of physical or sexual abuse; Economic hardship

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Symptoms
Conversion disorder symptoms usually appear suddenly after a stressful event. Common symptoms can include: Poor coordination or balance; Paralysis in an arm or leg; Difficulty swallowing or "a lump in the throat"; Inability to speak; Impaired vision, including double vision and blindness; Deafness; Seizures or convulsions

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Tests and diagnosis
To be diagnosed with conversion disorder, you must meet the symptom criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is used by mental health providers to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment. For you to be diagnosed with conversion disorder: You must have one or more symptoms you can't control that affect movement of part of your body or your senses. These symptoms must seem like they could be caused by a neurological or other medical condition. Your symptoms must have occurred after a stressful event. You don't produce symptoms intentionally....

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Treatments and drugs
For many people, symptoms of conversion disorder get better without treatment, especially after reassurance from the doctor that their symptoms aren't caused by a serious underlying problem.

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