Psychiatry Fast Five Quiz: What Do You Know About Conversion Disorder?

Stephen Soreff, MD


February 24, 2017

In conversion disorder, symptoms suggest neurologic disease, but no explanation for these symptoms is found upon physical examination and diagnostic testing. Common examples of conversion symptoms include blindness, paralysis, psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), aphonia, amnesia, dementia, swallowing difficulties, and motor tics.

Conversion disorder takes its name from the Freudian interpretation of the condition, which posits that the symptoms result from a mental process in which a psychological conflict is first repressed and then converted into a physical symptom. This disorder is potent demonstration of the power of the unconscious.

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