Pediatric conversion disorder is a mental condition where a child has physical symptoms that can’t be explained by a medical reason.
Conversion disorder is typically marked by blindness, paralysis or other nervous system symptoms. The cause is generally rooted in an emotional or psychological trauma, such as sexual assault, physical abuse, neglect or trauma. Females are more likely to develop conversion disorders.
Some risk factors that may increase the risk of conversion disorder are:
Existing neurological diseases (such as epilepsy, migraines or movement disorders)
Stress and emotional or physical trauma
Family member with neurological disorder
Mental health conditions (such as anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder or mood disorder)