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Conversion disorder in adults: Treatment

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


Conversion disorder (functional neurological 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 treatment of conversion disorder. The terminology, diagnosis, epidemiology, prognosis, clinical features, and assessment are discussed separately, as are specific subtypes of conversion disorder (psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and functional 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: Clinical features, assessment, and comorbidity".)

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