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How do I recover from conversion disorder?

By November 13, 2012 - 5:05am
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I have dealt with conversion disorder for nearly 2 years now but was only officially diagnosed over the summer. Although I don't have seizures/fits etc like I've seen in more extreme cases, I do suffer with Hysterical Aphonia (problems with my voice) and Pseudoparalysis (problems with my foot). After being told that only relaxation techniques/ talk therapy can help to overcome it, I have had weekly Psychotherapy sessions since September. We discuss both past and present stressers but never seem to reach any solution.

As it all stems from psychological problems, I've been told that the most important thing is having the desire to get better - I couldn't want to get better anymore than I do already. Both my family and myself feel incredibly helpless. What can we do? Is there anything I should be doing that I haven't tried?

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Hi emr23,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Sorry you are feeling this way.  Some of the treatments for this condition consist of psychotherapy, physical therapy for arms and legs, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, transcranial magnetic stimulation. You will need to let your doctor know how you feel and discuss other type of treatments.

Here are some resources for you

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November 13, 2012 - 8:36am
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Thanks for getting back to me. As I said I've tried Psychotherapy but I've also tried physical therapy and I was on antidepressants earlier this year before we even knew about conversion disorder. I have considered going back on them but wanted to try other avenues first. Thanks again for your suggestions.

November 15, 2012 - 4:46am
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