Pediatric Conversion Disorder

Pediatric Conversion Disorder

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Summary

Pediatric conversion disorder is a mental condition where a child has physical symptoms that can’t be explained by a medical reason.

Expanded overview

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.

Causes

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)

Symptoms

Symptoms of a conversion disorder include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Falling
  • Hearing issues or sudden deafness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Muscle weakness or sudden, unexplained paralysis
  • Numbness in limbs
  • Problems with vision
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech or sudden loss of speech

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