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DSM Online - Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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DSM-IV and DSM-IV-TR:

Conversion Disorder

Before neurological evaluation rules outphysical causes this Somatoform Disorder can be confusedwith a physical illness that affects sensory (e.g. anesthesia, blindness) or voluntarymotor functioning (e.g. astasia-abasia, paralysis). Usually the deficit fails to conform to known anatomical or physiological characteristics.

Diagnostic criteria for 300.11 Conversion Disorder


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A. One or more symptoms or deficits affecting voluntary motor or sensory function that suggest a neurological or other general medical condition.

B. Psychological factors are judged to be associated with the symptom or deficit because the initiation or exacerbation of the symptom or deficit is preceded by conflicts or other stressors.

C. The symptom or deficit is not intentionally produced or feigned (as in Factitious Disorder or Malingering).

D. The symptom or deficit cannot, after appropriate investigation, be fully explained by a general medical condition, or by the direct effects of a substance, or as a culturally sanctioned behavior or experience.

E. The symptom or deficit causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning or warrants medical evaluation.

F. The symptom or deficit is not limited to pain or sexual dysfunction, does not occur exclusively during the course of Somatization Disorder, and is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

Specify type of symptom or deficit:
With Motor Symptom or Deficit
With Sensory Symptom or Deficit
With Seizures or Convulsions
With Mixed Presentation

Based on the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition APA

Also: conversion reaction, hysteria, hystericalconversion

Research sources

TopicHYPNOSIS MISC
ReferenceHalligan, P. W., Athwal, B. S., Oakley, D. A., Frackowiak, R. S. J. (2000). The functional anatomy of a hypnotic paralysis: implications for conversio

The online Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists most of the major psychological disorders and illnesses and lists the criteria that must be fulfilled in order for a diagnosis to be made. This resource is not a substitute for proper professional psychiatric diagnosis.



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