Diseases & Conditions


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Conversion Disorder


Synonyms of Conversion Disorder
  • Briquet's Syndrome
  • Hysterical Neurosis, Conversion Type

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Conversion disorder is a mental illness characterized by the loss or alteration of physical functioning without any physiological reason. These physical symptoms are the result of emotional conflicts or needs. The symptoms usually appear suddenly and at times of extreme psychological stress. A lack of concern over the debilitating symptoms (la belle indifference), which commonly accompanies this illness, may be a clue to distinguishing it from the physiological disorder it may mimic.
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    Organizations related to Conversion Disorder
    • NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
      6001 Executive Blvd
      Rockville MD 20892-9663
      Phone #: 301-443-4513
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
    • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
      Colonial Place Three
      Arlington VA 22201-3042
      Phone #: 703-524-7600
      800 #: 800-999-6264
      e-mail: membership@nami.org
      Home page: http://www.nami.org
    • National Mental Health Association
      2001 North Beauregard Street
      Alexandria VA 22311
      Phone #: 703-684-7722
      800 #: 800-969-6642
      e-mail: infoctr@nmha.org
      Home page: http://www.nmha.org
    • National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
      1211 Chestnut Street
      Philadelphia PA 19107-6312
      Phone #: 215-751-1810
      800 #: 800-553-4539
      e-mail: info@mhselfhelp.org
      Home page: http://www.mhselfhelp.org



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