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Is Conversion disorder completely cureable?

By Anonymous December 12, 2009 - 11:09pm
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A family person is suffering from conversion disorder. Fits are the begining of such atacks and tat too rite side. Doc says tat its due to less supply of blood to brain due to clotting. Constant medicine course is goin but still such attacks are coming in a short interval. Is there any permanent treatment and any suggested drugs for such case. Pls guide

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Dear Anon

Thank you so much for your question. I'm so sorry you have a family member dealing with this traumatic disorder.

One thing I need from you is to explain what you mean here : "Fits are the begining of such atacks and tat too rite side." Can you explain this another way so I can understand it and help you more?

Everyone with this disorder has suffered some sort of deep psychological trauma. Can you tell us what it was, in the case of your family member? Was there an accident or a crime committed or another traumatic event?

Symptoms of Conversion Disorder include:
◦Impaired coordination and balance
◦Paralysis of an arm or leg
◦Loss of sensation in a part of the body
◦Loss of a sense, such as blindness or deafness
◦Difficulty swallowing or a sensation of a lump in the throat
◦Sensory symptoms, such as;
■Loss of sense of pain
■Tingling or crawling sensations

With regard to treatment and recovery - yes, people can fully recover. Here is some more information regarding options :

In some cases, patients may begin to recover spontaneously. After physical causes for the symptoms have been ruled out, patients may begin to feel better and symptoms may begin to fade. In some cases, patients may need assistance in recovering from their symptoms. Treatment options may include the following:

◦Counseling and psychotherapy—Discussing the stressful event with a counselor may help you cope with the underlying cause of the physical symptoms. Continued work to learn how to deal with stressors throughout life will also be important, as about 25% of patients with these disorders often have future episodes.
◦Pharmacological therapy—In some cases, antidepressants may be used to speed recovery. Studies have shown that antidepressants may be helpful for patients with conversion disorder.

Physical and/or Occupational Therapy
Patients may require therapy to overcome disuse of a limb, for example, and to relearn normal behaviors.

There are no guidelines to preventing conversion disorder because it occurs after a specific, traumatic event. However:

◦Psychological disorders can carry a feeling of being stigmatized. It is important that you do not let this prevent you from seeking treatment.
◦Somatoform disorders are very common, and treatment is very effective. Do not hesitate to call your doctor if you have symptoms suggestive of conversion disorder.

You can read more on our Conversion Disorder page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/conversion-disorder#definition

Does this information help? Do you have resources in your area or support groups?

December 13, 2009 - 9:39am
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