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1996), the frequent somatic and conversion symptoms of dissociative patients are a reflection of what they call "somatoform dissociative phenomena".
Many practitioners go as far as to declare the diagnosis of hysteria to be "myth" due to the findings of various follow up studies with patients diagnosed as CD who later develop organic disease that can account for the original conversion symptom.
Conversion symptoms serve as defense mechanisms to keep internal conflicts, drives, or past trauma out of one's conscious awareness.
By contrast, the very nature of a particular conversion symptom is often built around a symbolic turn of phrase and therefore, by definition, the patient has the language and symbolic skills required to have initialised the conversion, even though this process is not conscious.
Conversion symptoms serve as a defense mechanism to keep an internal conflict, drive, or past trauma out of one's conscious awareness.
People display bizzare conversion symptoms which seem to be based mostly on somewhat primitive and misconceived religious precepts that are generally accepted by others without much critical thinking, which may be due to the lower, level of education prevailing in the society.
This in turn leads to the development of similar types of conversion symptoms (42).
They were enabled to resolve their inner conflict that were upholding their conversion symptoms through control brain waves activity coupled with the empathetic attitude of the therapist.
Childhood experiences and personality traits in patients with motor conversion symptoms.
The DSM estimates that persistent conversion symptoms occur in two to five people per one hundred thousand per year and that conversion disorder is two to three times more common amongst women.
Conversion symptoms, by virtue of their unconscious symbolic meaning, reflect more mature levels of attained mentalization, while somatization symptoms cannot be symbolically decoded owing to the absence of discrete meaning resulting from compromised mentalizing functions.
Forty-four outpatients with conversion disorder, motor type, or somatization disorder with motor conversion symptoms, were randomly assigned to a hypnosis or a waiting-list condition.