Among international psychiatric diagnostic systems, the World Health organization diagnostic system ICD-10 places somatization and conversion disorder
under the title of dissociative disorders (46, 49).
The inconsistent clinical findings associated with a psychological stressor and the presence of depression prompted psychiatric consultation, with a preliminary diagnosis of conversion disorder
and comorbid major depression.
The ALJ's initial finding had evaluated the claim under the Somatoform Disorder listing, but determined that the diagnosis of Psychological Factors Affecting a Physical Condition "by definition rules out Conversion Disorder
and other Somatoform Disorders.
is similar to organic disabilities in that it affects the occupational and social aspects of the patient's life; thus, comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation should be introduced as early as possible during the course.
Diagnosis and management of psychogenic stridor caused by a conversion disorder
Finally, the critical difference between conversion disorder
and malingering is intent.
This belief, however, is based on the implicit and psychiatrically naive assumption that the manifestations of conversion disorders
are in some way under the patient's conscious control.
Medical classification of conversion disorder
as we know it today has undergone several revisions in the official statistical labeling reference of the American Psychiatric Association, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)[3,14] Historically there has been confusion with usage of the terms hysteria and conversion.
They may be due to: anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder), conversion disorders
, dissociative disorders, hypochondriases, psychoses, somatization disorders, or reinforced behaviour patterns in cognitively impaired patients (36) (Table 1).
This study tested whether a hypnosis-based intervention showed promise as a treatment for patients with conversion disorder
, motor type.
Key Words: conversion disorder
, hemiplegia, hemianesthesia, reflexes, rectal tone
All of the patients met DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for conversion disorder
, and none had a relevant lesion upon neuroimaging.