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Original Article

Spectrum of Conversion Disorders: Clinical Perspective for a Neurologist

Surbhi Chaturvedi

Keywords : Conversion disorder, Neurologist, Psychiatrist

Citation Information : Chaturvedi S. Spectrum of Conversion Disorders: Clinical Perspective for a Neurologist. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2018; 3 (1):7-16.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0068

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-08-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Conversion disorders are a borderland between psychiatrist and neurologist. These are known from ancient time and witnessed a variety of nomenclature and theories. Manifestations of conversion disorders are widely variable and may range from psychogenic movement disorders, psychogenic sensorimotor deficit to nonepileptic psychogenic seizures. Though advancement in diagnostic techniques helps in diagnosis of a number of neurological disorders, still diagnosis of conversion disorders is mostly clinical. For a neurologist, it is important to know breadth of conversion disorders and salient clinical features to differentiate from organic disorders to avoid fallacious diagnosis and its serious consequences. Treatment options include psychotherapy, hypnotic therapy, pharmacotherapy and recently transcranial magnetic stimulation. All patients of conversion disorders may not have mild course.

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