For many people, symptoms of conversion disorder get better without treatment, especially after reassurance that their symptoms aren't caused by a serious underlying problem.
Individuals with severe symptoms, signs and symptoms that linger or keep coming back, or individuals with other mental or physical health conditions may benefit from treatment. The specific type of treatment depends on the particular signs and symptoms and may include:
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.
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. Individuals may be more likely to have long-lasting symptoms or develop new conversion disorder symptoms if:
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I was diagnosed with conversion disorder 10 years ago and still walk with an aid and have trouble with my balance. How is this condition treated? What is the prognosis for individuals with this condition?