Conversion disorder is a condition in which an individual is experiencing a motor or sensory malfunction without medical explanation. Some examples of a motor or sensory malfunction are blindness, paralysis, seizures, or speech symptoms. According to the DSM-5, the symptom experienced must cause significant distress or warrant medical evaluation. For a diagnosis of conversion disorder, symptoms experienced must not at attributable to any neurological disease.
Conversion disorder is sometimes associated with depersonalization and dissociative amnesia. The prevalence of persistent conversion symptoms is 2-5/100,000 per year. Symptoms may be short in duration or chronic. Stressful life events are often common in conversion disorder but are not necessary for the diagnosis.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.