Conversion disorder is characterised by one or more symptoms that suggest a neurological condition.
Conversion disorder often appears after conflict or stress, though the person may not aware of this connection. He/she believes that the problem is physical. A very high percentage of people with conversion disorder have another psychiatric problem, such as generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or some form of depression. They also report a higher than average frequency of emotional or physical abuse during childhood.
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Conversion disorder is characterised by one or more symptoms that suggest a neurological condition. Examples include the following:
- Poor coordination or balance
- Paralysis or weakness
- Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
- Retention of urine
- Loss of touch or sensation
- Blindness or other visual symptoms
- Seizures or convulsions
- Psychological issues, such as stress or conflict, are associated with the appearance of physical symptoms.
The person should be evaluated as soon as the physical symptoms start showing. If the person is indifferent to the symptoms, a supportive family member or friend may need to guide him/her to seek treatment.
When to Seek Medical Advice
If you have suspicion of conversion disorder based on signs and symptoms, you should see your family doctor or a general practitioner. You must get checked if your symptoms affect the body’s movements, your senses or if signs have occurred in response to a stressful event.
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