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Definition of CONVERSION DISORDER
: a psychoneurosis in which bodily symptoms (as paralysis of the limbs) appear without physical basis —called also conversion hysteria, conversion reaction
First Known Use of CONVERSION DISORDER
Medical Definition of CONVERSION DISORDER
: a psychoneurosis in which bodily symptoms (as paralysis of the limbs) appear without physical basis—called also conversion hysteria, conversion reaction
In psychology, a neurosis marked by extreme emotional excitability and disturbances of psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions. The earlier concept of hysteria was used frequently in the first half of the 20th century to explain a wide variety of symptoms and behaviours observed particularly in women. (The term hysteria derives from the Greek word for womb, reflecting the Greeks' belief that the condition resulted from disturbances of the uterus.) Disorders with symptoms similar to those of conversion disorder include factitious disorder, dissociative identity disorder, and personality disorder (histrionic type).