Conversion disorder in children is more common than most people think! However, not many parents know about conversion disorder unless their children are experiencing it. We are going to learn about conversion disorder in children and we have some key tips from our expert to help your child through this difficult challenge.
Conversion disorder is a type of disorder that can cause neurological symptoms or challenges that can not be explained by a physical injury, disease or illness. The symptoms can be serious and scary for the patient. They can experience temporary blindness, paralysis, ataxia, the loss of touch, the loss of being able to move extremities, the loss of voice, the loss of smell and so much more. In serious situations, a patient may experience hallucinations or even seizures!
WHAT CAUSES CONVERSION DISORDER?
It is unknown what causes Conversion Disorder but doctors have linked it with stress. Both physical stress and mental stress can be triggers that cause the symptoms of Conversion Disorder. We find patients with conversion disorder have a lot of of stress in their lives, whether it is a trauma that has happened to them or in their environment.
Some patients who have been diagnosed with Conversion Disorder have been found to have other neurological challenges. Symptoms can last a few weeks or much longer.
HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WITH CONVERSION DISORDER
As parents we can feel helpless when our child is suffering from Conversion Disorder. Conversion Disorder in children can be hard to watch and we want to help. Even with Covid 19 and the stressors it may cause in healthy patients, more and more children are dealing with Conversion Disorder.
We asked Dr. Stephanie Fumi Hancock, to give us some top tips on the best thing parents can do to to be proactive with their kid’s emotional health before Conversion Disorder symptoms can appear. Let’s help our children before it becomes a bigger problem!
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ABOUT DR. HANCOCK
Dr. Stephanie Fumi Hancock, PsychDNP, is the CEO of Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health and a bestselling author of 24 self-help books. https://www.facebook.com/pobpsychiatry