Emergency room management of conversion disorders.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The authors present guidelines for diagnosing and managing conversion disorders in an emergency room setting. Assessment of the patient must be based on a careful physical and psychiatric evaluation that will identify any underlying physical illness or concurrent psychopathology. An accurate assessment is also vital to the clinician's decision about whether to use simple supportive interventions, to refer or hospitalize the patient, or to try to uncover the conflicts generating the conversion symptoms. If there are no contraindications to uncovering the conflicts, such as chronic symptomatology or a pathological family network, the clinician may use such techniques as hypnosis or a sodium amytal interview.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swartz, MS; McCracken, J

Published Date

  • August 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 828 - 832

PubMed ID

  • 3733015

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1597

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ps.37.8.828


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States