The Burden on Her Soul: Conversion Disorder in Developing Countries
Conversion Disorder is common in developing coun-tries. In Pakistan, Dissociative disorders (including Conversion Disorder) represent between 5% and 13% of all inpatient psychiatric admissions. This case report and review describe a typical case of Conversion Dis-order in a young female (the most high risk popula-tion) with symptoms that mimic various physical ill-nesses. A high index of suspicion for this illness in at-risk patients can lead to early diagnosis, prevent un-necessary and invasive medical or surgical interven-tions and conserve precious healthcare resources.
Keywords: Conversion Disorder, fits, physical ill-ness, healthcare resources.
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