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Conversion disorder in adults: Clinical features, assessment, and comorbidity

Authors
Jon Stone, FRCP, PhD
Michael Sharpe, MD
Section Editor
Joel Dimsdale, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD

INTRODUCTION

Conversion disorder (functional neurologic symptom disorder) is characterized by neurologic symptoms (eg, weakness, abnormal movements, or nonepileptic seizures) that are inconsistent with a neurologic disease, but cause distress, and/or impairment [1]. The disorder is common in clinical settings and often has a poor prognosis [2-5].  

This topic reviews the clinical features, assessment, and comorbidity of conversion disorder. The terminology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, epidemiology, pathogenesis, prognosis, and treatment are discussed separately, as are conversion disorder with attacks or seizures (functional or psychogenic nonepileptic seizures) and conversion disorder with abnormal movements (functional or psychogenic movement disorders):

(See "Conversion disorder in adults: Terminology, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis".)

(See "Conversion disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and prognosis".)

(See "Conversion disorder in adults: Treatment".)

                   

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