Treatment of conversion disorder is basically relieving the symptoms. Sometimes, the symptoms go away on their own after stress has been reduced. If a patient experiences anxiety (an alteration of mood or disordered thinking), medication is prescribed.
In most cases of conversion disorder, the symptoms get better without treatment. So, there is no need to worry when your doctor reassures you that the symptoms aren't caused by a serious underlying problem.
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The treatment options for conversion disorder include the following:
If the source of conflict or stress can be determined, it may be possible to provide relief through psychotherapy. For example, the person may be in conflict about leaving home, starting anew or having a child. With the help of psychotherapy, the person may learn to deal with the conflict and go forward with the new experience or retreat from the dilemma. In either case, the physical symptoms may stop.
How can one prevent Conversion Disorder?
There is no definite way to prevent conversion disorder as it can happen after any traumatic incidence. As the condition occurs as a response to some kind of stress, stress-relieving activities such as meditation and yoga may help individuals to ward off conversion disorder’s risk.
Expected Duration of Conversion Disorder
The symptoms of conversion disorder usually do not last long. Generally, the more quickly the symptoms start, the more rapidly they go away. Symptoms are more likely to last only a short time if the stress is clearly defined.
More severe symptoms, such as paralysis or blindness, are less likely to last a long time because it is harder to sustain symptoms that interfere significantly with daily activities. A less severe symptom (such as tremor) or a symptom that is repeated and limited (such as seizure) can continue or come and go depending on the nature of the stress.
The outlook for conversion disorder depends on the nature of the stress and on the symptoms, though most of the symptoms of conversion disorder last a short span. In severe cases, the person may have trouble coping with stress, conflict and may even need ongoing support.
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