A STUDY OF SYMPTOMATOLOGY OF CONVERSION DISORDER IN PATIENTS REPORTING AT AYUB TEACHING HOSPITAL

Aziz -ur-Rehman Yousafzai, Naveed Irfan

Abstract


Background: The symptomatology of conversion disorder differs from population to population depending upon the
local taboos and rituals. This study was carried out to look for the commonest presenting symptoms of conversion
disorder in the patients attending psychiatry unit of Ayub Teaching Hospital. No such study was done here in the past.
Methods: 100 consecutive patients of either sex, presenting with Conversion disorder in the Psychiatry Department
of Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad, were included in the study. The diagnosis was made observing criteria set
by DSM-IV for diagnosis of conversion disorder. Results: 35 % patients reported with Pseudoseizures, 16 % with
Paralysis, 12 % with Tremor, 8 % with Aphonia, 6 % each with Gait disorders and Difficulty in swallowing, 5 % each
with Mutism and Headache/Pain. 4 % with Blindness and 3 % with Anaesthesia. Conclusions: The results and their
comparison with contemporary studies reflect that presenting symptoms of conversion disorder are significantly
different from elsewhere.

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