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Cure for Inability to speak/ Conversion Disorder

By Anonymous January 28, 2011 - 6:32pm
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I have a friend who has been unable to speak for 14 years and has been diagnosed with Conversion Disorder and CFS...
The funny thing is he once sang the words to a song while in my car. So, he can sing and whisper when very relaxed.
Do you know of any successful treatments?

Thank you,

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Hi Linda

Thanks for your question and welcome! Thanks also, for looking out for your friend!

Therapy with a qualified professional is generally the best way to treat Conversion Disorder. Has your friend tried this?
Here is some info about treatments for this disorder:
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.

I think it's really interesting that he can sing to music! And that he is able to whisper! This is good progress and shows that he can verbally communicate when he wants to or is comfortable enough.

There are therapists who specialize in this disorder and if he is willing to go, I think it can really help.

Have you accessed our Conversion Disorder page? If not, please do, you'll find tons of info for your friend: http://www.empowher.com/condition/conversion-disorder

Please keep us posted and thank you for finding EmpowHER!


January 29, 2011 - 8:33am
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