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Conversion disorder


Other Names for this Disease
  • Functional neurological disorder
  • FND
  • Functional movement disorder
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Overview

Conversion disorder is a condition in which a person has blindness, paralysis, or other nervous system symptoms that cannot be explained by a physical illness or injury. Symptoms may occur because of emotional distress or psychological conflict. They usually begin suddenly after a stressful experience or traumatic event. 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][2]
Last updated: 6/25/2016

References

  1. Berger FK. Conversion disorder. MedlinePlus. October 31, 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000954.htm.
  2. Conversion disorder. MayoClinic.com. February 27, 2014; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/conversion-disorder/DS00877/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print.
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Basic Information

  • The Mayo Clinic Web site provides further information on Conversion disorder.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

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  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
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  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Conversion disorder. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Functional neurological disorder
  • FND
  • Functional movement disorder
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.