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conversion

 [kon-ver´zhun]
1. the act of changing into something of different form or properties.
2. an unconscious defense mechanism by which the anxiety that stems from intrapsychic conflict is altered and expressed in a symbolic physical symptom such as pain, paralysis, loss of sight, or some other manifestation that has no organic or physiological basis.
3. manipulative correction of malposition of a fetal part during labor.
conversion disorder a somatoform disorder characterized by symptoms or deficits affecting voluntary motor or sensory functioning and suggesting physical illness but produced by conversion. Called also conversion reaction.

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).

con·ver·sion

(kon-ver'zhŭn),
2. A defense mechanism conceptualized by Freud, building on the work of Briquet and Charcot, by which unconscious conflict or repressed thought is expressed symbolically, or somatically.
See also: somatoform disorder, conversion disorder, hysteria.
See also: lysogeny.
3. In virology, the acquisition by bacteria of a new property associated with the presence of a prophage.
See also: lysogeny.
[L. con-verto, pp. -versus, to turn around, to change]

conversion

/con·ver·sion/ (kon-ver´zhun) an unconscious defense mechanism by which the anxiety that stems from intrapsychic conflict is converted and expressed in somatic symptoms.

conversion

(kən-vûr′zhən)
n.
1.
a. The act of converting.
b. The state of being converted.
2. A change in which one adopts a new religion, faith, or belief.
3. Something that is changed from one use, function, or purpose to another.
4. Law The unlawful appropriation of another's property.
5. The exchange of one type of security or currency for another.
6. Logic The interchange of the subject and predicate of a proposition.
7. Football An extra point or points scored after a touchdown, as by kicking the ball through the uprights or by advancing the ball into the end zone from the two-yard line or a similar short distance.
8. Psychiatry The development of physical symptoms, such as paralysis or sensory deficits, as a response to stress, conflict, or trauma.
9. The expression of a quantity in alternative units, as of length or weight.

con·ver′sion·al, con·ver′sion·ar′y (-zhə-nĕr′ē, -shə-) adj.

conversion

[kənvur′zhən]
Etymology: L, convertere, to turn around
1 changing from one form to another; transmutation.
2 (in obstetrics) the correction of a fetal position during labor.
3 (in psychiatry) an unconscious defense mechanism by which emotional conflicts that ordinarily cause anxiety are repressed and transformed into symbolic physical symptoms that have no organic basis. Loss of sensation, paralysis, pain, and other dysfunctions of the nervous system are the most common somatic expressions of conversion.

conversion

Psychiatry An unconscious defense mechanism by which anxiety caused by intrapsychic conflict is converted and expressed in a somatically symbolic fashion Clinical Paralysis, pain, sensory loss

con·ver·sion

(kŏn-vĕr'zhŭn)
1. Synonym(s): transmutation.
2. An unconscious defense mechanism by which the anxiety that stems from an unconscious conflict is converted and expressed symbolically as a physical symptom; transformation of an emotion into a physical manifestation, as in conversion hysteria.
See: conversion hysteria
3. virology The acquisition by bacteria of a new property associated with presence of a prophage.
See also: lysogeny
[L. con-verto, pp. -versus, to turn around, to change]

conversion

1. the act of changing into something of different form or properties.
2. manipulative correction of malposition of a fetal part during labor.

conversion formulae
formulae for conversion of one numerical mode of expression into a different mode, e.g. avoirdupois to metric weight.
conversion ratio
a measure of activity of the thyroid gland; it expresses the proportion of the total radioactivity of the plasma, subsequent to the injection of radioactive iodine, which is bound to protein (protein-bound iodine test).

Patient discussion about conversion

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?

A. Hi my new friend. Welcome to this community. I have given here the caloric equivalents for your reference:

1 pound = 3500 kcal
1 gram fat = 9 kcal
1 gram carbohydrate = 4 kcal
1 gram protein = 4 kcal
1 gram alcohol = 7 kcal

Example:
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

This information is a fundamental for ACE certifications. Knowledge on this subject is required by our professionals.

Q. While in a conversation with anyone they have about a minute before I loose tract and intrest, Is this ADHD I always feel like I have to go full speed 24/7 and can never relax, sounds strange I know but it seems to be catching up with me.

A. not necessarily...i see that you are 31. those symptoms are new? if so- thee are other conditions that might cause them. hyperthyroid can get you in that state too. so it might be a good idea to go and get checked up.

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The most famous talmudic passage (Pesahim 87b) specifically praising conversionary work is by the prominent Rabbi Johanan, and agreed with by Rabbi Eleazar ben Pedat, in which it is asserted that God exiled Jews from their homeland for only one reason, to increase the number of converts.
Ultimately motivated by a conversionary theology and uninformed by the faith-based pluralist-dialogue perspective, such efforts clearly contribute to a better America by offering practical aid to the nation's newest arrivals, including English-as-a-Second-Language classes, job-referral services, and material assistance.
Although historically persecution dampened Anabaptist conversionary activity, there is a persistent will in the church to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ.
contrary--that she had abandoned the very idea of conversionary missions
Since Jews have not seen their mission as conversionary for some seventeen centuries, there was no need in this statement to do more than renounce such activity once in passing.
See also a similar but later conversionary tale: Olivia Lovell Wilson, "The Tola of Mustard-Seed: A Thanksgiving Tale," Godey's Lady's Book, November 1891, 367-75.
The Jewish case against the Catholic Church's handling of the Stein-Auschwitz convent issue is forcefully stated by Daniel Polish, who writes of Stein's beatification: "That act seems to carry the tacit message encouraging conversionary activities.
When a later revision both eliminated a clear repudiation of the deicide charge and inserted what appeared to Jews to be conversionary expectations, the fat was in the fire.
Regarding Christians and Jews, the message of the title story is one of mutual help and friendship, with no conversionary agenda.