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Title: The relationship between psychosocial trauma type and conversion (functional neurological) disorder symptoms: a cross-sectional study.
Austin Authors: Morsy, Shimaa K;Huepe-Artigas, Daniela;Kamal, Ahmed M;Hassan, Maha Ali;Abdel-Fadeel, Nashaat Adel;Kanaan, Richard A A 
Affiliation: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Psychiatry (University of Melbourne)
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Minia, Egypt
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Date: 2021-04-25
Publication information: Australasian Psychiatry 2021; 29(3): 261-265
Abstract: Psychosocial trauma was associated with developing conversion disorder (also known as functional neurological disorder) before Freud, though why a particular symptom should arise is unknown. We aimed to determine if there was a relationship between trauma type and symptom. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients attending Australia's first functional neurology clinic, including referral, clinic letters and a clinic questionnaire. There were 106 females, 43 males and five transgender patients. Sensory (51%), motor (47%) and seizures (39%) were the commonest functional symptoms. Most patients (92%) reported stressors associated with symptom onset. Multiple trauma/symptom type associations were found: patients with in-law problems experienced more cognitive symptoms (p = .036), for example, while expressive speech problems more commonly followed relationship difficulties (p = .021). Associations were found between type of traumatic events and type of symptoms in conversion disorder. This will require verification in a larger sample.
DOI: 10.1177/10398562211009247
ORCID: 0000-0001-9687-4260
Journal: Australasian Psychiatry
PubMed URL: 33899527
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: conversion
conversion symptoms
functional neurological
psychosocial trauma
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