Conversion disorder, or "hysteria," is a mental health condition where psychological stress is expressed as physical symptoms. It can range from mild to severe and can affect multiple body systems.
Conversion disorder is commonly caused by traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse. These events can trigger the release of internalized stress and anxieties, which manifest in physical symptoms.
The physical symptoms of conversion disorder can vary greatly and may involve weaknesses or loss of sensations in the arms and legs, paralysis, seizures, and fainting.
Some of the most common symptoms include difficulty speaking or hearing, numbness, tingling, difficulty walking, and dizziness.
No single cause for conversion disorder exists, and the psychological or emotional factors at play can vary from person to person.
Conversion disorder may develop after an injury, surgery, or a traumatic experience.
Common symptoms of conversion disorder can include speech problems, vision problems, weakness, seizures, paralysis, difficulty breathing, and more.
People of any age can experience conversion disorder, most common among adolescents and young adults.
While symptoms are physical, there is no medical explanation for why these physical symptoms appear.
Treatment may involve psychological therapy and medication to reduce stress and anxiety.
Coping strategies are often used to help manage the psychological triggers of conversion disorder. It can include relaxation, mindfulness, and other techniques to help regulate emotions.