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[QUOTE=hope2Cbetter]Hi, I am new to this board and looking for help. Over a year ago I fell and hit the back of my head and my vision has been extremely blurry since then. All the tests on my eyes come back negative. Finding no physical cause for my vision problem, two psychiatrists have diagnosed me with conversion disorder. Does anyone have it, know what it is, know how to be treated for it?? Does it get better? I am currently in therapy for depression but do I need some special kind of therapist for "conversion disorder"? Please help with any information you might have. Thank you so much!![/QUOTE]

Hope2Cbetter,

If you do a search for conversion disorder you can find several websites with information. Here is some information that I have found:

Conversion Disorder
Whilst "hysterical" blindness, paralysis, anesthesia, dysphagia, and gait disturbance have been described for many years, This patient confronts an acute stressor that creates a psychic conflict, and the physical symptom(s) serve as the resolution for the conflict. The patient may repress the stressor or be unaware of its impact. Failure to recognize and treat this early in the course may lead to symptoms which eventually become harder or impossible to cure. This disorder may occur at any age, either gender, any personality. A conversion disorder is characterized by the loss of a bodily function, for example blindness , paralysis, or the inability to speak . The loss of physical function is involuntary, but diagnostic testing does not show a physical cause for the dysfunction.

At least one symptom or deficit of sensory or voluntary motor function suggests a neurological or general medical condition.

It is not limited to pain or sexual dysfunction.

Appropriate investigation does not identify a neurological or general medical condition or the direct effects of substance use that can fully explain it.

Conflicts or other stressors that precede the onset or worsening of this symptom suggest that psychological factors are related to it.

The patient doesn't consciously feign the symptoms for material gain (Factitious Disorder) or to occupy the sick role (Malingering).

It is not a culturally sanctioned behavior or experience.

It is serious enough to produce at least 1 of:

warrants medical evaluation, or
causes distress that is clinically important, or
impairs social, occupational or personal functioning

It does not occur solely during Somatization Disorder, and no other mental disorder better explains it.

Symptom Groupings:

Sensory Symptoms: These include anesthesia, excessive sensitivity to strong simulation (hyperanesthesia), loss of sense of pain (analgesia), and unusual symptoms such as tingling or crawling sensations.

Motor Symptoms: In motor symptoms, any of the body's muscle groups may be involved: arms, legs, vocal chords. Included are tremors, tics (involuntary twitches), and disorganized mobility or paralysis.

Visceral Symptoms: Examples are trouble swallowing, frequent belching, spells of coughing or vomiting, all carried to an uncommon extreme. In both sensory and motor symptoms, the areas affected may not correspond at all to the nerve distribution in the area.

Specify type of symptom or deficit:

With Motor Symptom or Deficit.
With Seizures or Convulsions.
With Sensory Symptom or Deficit.
With Mixed Presentation.

Associated Features:
Depressed Mood.
Somatic or Sexual Dysfunction.
Guilt or Obsession.
Anxious or Fearful or Dependent Personality.

Differential Diagnosis:

Some disorders have similar or even the same symptom. The clinician, therefore, in his diagnostic attempt has to differentiate against the following disorders which he needs to rule out to establish a precise diagnosis.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Histrionic Personality Disorder.
Dependent personality Disorder.

Cause:

The symptom onset of this disorder is usually very sudden and follows a stressful experience. These disorders may be best thought of as disturbances of illness perception or need. They are paradigms of mind-body interactions and of the critical role of mental factors in the production of illness. Though the role of the mind in creating and maintaining illness has been known since antiquity, terms such as hysteria or psychosomatic illness have lost their meaning over time. All illnesses are "psychosomatic:" they occur in an individual at a particular psychological point in his/her life.

I hope this helps!
Good luck!
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