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Conversion disorder

  • Alternative Names

    Hysterical neurosis


    Talk therapy (psychotherapy) and stress management training may help reduce symptoms.

    The affected body part or physical function will need physical or occupational therapy until the symptoms disappear. For example, paralyzed limbs must be exercised to prevent muscle wasting.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    Symptoms usually last for days to weeks and may suddenly go away. Usually the symptom itself is not life threatening, but complications can be debilitating.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you or someone you know has symptoms of a conversion disorder.