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Patients' anxiety is “converted” into any of a variety of somatic symptoms such as blindness, deafness, or paralysis, none of which have any organic basis. The anxiety may be the result of an inner conflict too difficult to face, and symptoms are aggravated in times of psychological stress. Patients often exhibit remarkable lack of concern, called la belle indifférence, about their symptoms, no matter how serious.
From their symptoms, patients achieve both the primary gain of relief from their anxiety and a number of secondary gains such as support and attention from others and the chance to avoid unpleasant responsibilities. Symptoms are often increased at times of psychological stress. The symptoms often have an important symbolic relationship to the patient's unconscious conflict, such as incapacitating illness in those who cannot acknowledge dependency needs. Symptoms are neither intentionally produced nor feigned, are not limited to pain or sexual dysfunction, and may affect a part of the body the patient considers weak. One of the first observed examples of conversion disorder was combat fatigue, in which soldiers became paralyzed and could not participate in battle.
Treatment of conversion disorder aims at helping the patient resolve the underlying conflict. Under former classifications, this disorder was called a neurosis (hysterical neurosis, conversion type).
See also: conversion, somatoform disorder, hysteria. Synonym(s): conversion hysteria neurosis, conversion neurosis, conversion reaction, hysteric neurosis
conversion disorderHistrionic personality disorder, hysteria, hysterical neurosis Psychiatry A group of psychiatric reactions in which the Pt 'converts' mental problems into a physical manifestation, with an inappropriate lack of concern about their disabilities Examples Sensation of a thing stuck in the throat–'globus hystericus', recurrent abdominal pain without physical findings, hysterical blindness, gait defects, paralysis, sensory loss, seizures, urine retention. See 'la Belle indifference. ', Factitious disease, Hysterical neurosis, Post-traumatic stress disorder.
con·ver·sion dis·or·der(kŏn-vĕr'zhŭn dis-ōr'dĕr)
conversion disorderA psychological conflict that manifests itself as an organic dysfunction or physical symptom. Formerly known as HYSTERIA.
Patient discussion about conversion disorder
Q. What are the common caloric conversions? Hi my new friends, help me to find out how does caloric expenditure affect weight loss? What are the common caloric conversions?
1 pound = 3500 kcal
1 gram fat = 9 kcal
1 gram carbohydrate = 4 kcal
1 gram protein = 4 kcal
1 gram alcohol = 7 kcal
How does caloric expenditure affect weight loss?
An individual creates a caloric deficit by walking one mile to and from work each day. Assuming a 100 calorie per mile caloric expenditure, how many weeks would it take to lose one pound?
1 lb = 3500 calories
2 miles per day x 5 days = 10 miles
10 miles x 100 calories = 1000 calories per week
3,500 calories ÷ 1000 = 3.5 weeks
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