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Conversion disorder

Other Names for this Disease
  • FND
  • Functional movement disorder
  • Functional neurological disorder
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Conversion disorder is a condition in which a person has blindness, paralysis, or other nervous system symptoms that cannot be explained. Symptoms may occur because of emotional distress or psychological problems. They usually begin suddenly after a stressful experience. People are more at risk for a conversion disorder if they also have a medical illness, dissociative disorder, or personality disorder. Psychotherapy and stress management training may help reduce symptoms. The affected body part or physical function will need physical or occupational therapy until the symptoms disappear.[1]
Last updated: 9/20/2010


  1. Conversion disorder. MedlinePlus. 2008; Accessed 9/20/2010.
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