CONVERSION SYNDROMES IN CHILDREN

These are mental disorders in which there is a psychogenic disturbance of either motor or sensory function in some parts of the body.

Clinical Features

Patients with this condition may present with;

  • Paralysis of a part of the body
  • Tremors
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Seizures
  • Aphonia.

The severity of disability fluctuates, and the patient fails to exhibit the seriousness the disability accords.

Management

  • Good psychiatric history to reveal the source of conflict.
  • Thorough physical examination to exclude an organic problem.
  • Counselling and behaviour modification.