conversion disorder


Definition of conversion disorder

: a psychoneurosis in which bodily symptoms (such as paralysis of the limbs) appear without physical basis

called also conversion hysteria, conversion reaction

Examples of conversion disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps coincidentally, as Freud's influence in psychiatry faded over the decades, so did cases of conversion disorder—to the point where some viewed it as a bygone ailment of the Victorian era. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 Coutlress has a conversion disorder that has affected her leg function. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Teen who couldn't walk for 10 months surprises prom date with first steps," 3 May 2018 Jihan was diagnosed with conversion disorder, a catchall description for neurological symptoms not explained by medical causes. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of conversion disorder

1980, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2020

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“Conversion disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for conversion disorder

conversion disorder

variants: also conversion hysteria or conversion reaction

Medical Definition of conversion disorder

: a psychiatric disorder in which bodily symptoms (as paralysis of the limbs) appear without physical basis and that is typically associated with psychological stress or conflict

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