- A previous history of personality or psychological disease
- Physical or sexual abuse, particularly in children
- Economic difficulties, low socioeconomic status
- Family members with either conversion disorder or chronic illness
- Co-existing psychiatric conditions such as depression or anxiety
- Co-existing personality disorders, such as histrionic, passive-dependent, or passive-aggressive personality disorder
- Impaired coordination and balance
- Paralysis of an arm or leg
- Loss of sensation in a part of the body
- Loss of a sense, such as blindness or deafness
- Inability to speak
- Difficulty swallowing or a sensation of a lump in the throat
Sensory symptoms, such as;
- Loss of sense of pain
- Tingling or crawling sensations
|An emotional event may trigger physical symptoms.|
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- Blood tests
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) to evaluate electrical activity in the brain
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) to evaluate electrical activity in the heart
Physical and/or Occupational Therapy
American Psychiatric Association http://www.psych.org
American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
Canadian Psychological Association http://www.cpa.ca
Conversion disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated November 3, 2010. Accessed July 22, 2013.
Conversion disorder. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy website. Available at: .http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/mental%5Fhealth%5Fdisorders/somatoform%5Fdisorders/conversion%5Fdisorder.html. Updated February 2012. Accessed July 22, 2013.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 07/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/72/2013 -
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