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Misdiagnosis of conversion symptoms

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1145

Conversion disorders still exist

  1. James Paul Pandarakalam (, consultant psychiatrist
  1. St Helens North Community Mental Health Trust, Peasley Cross Resource Centre, St Helens, Merseyside WA9 3DA

    EDITOR—The concept that unresolved tension from psychological conflict is either transferred to the parasympathetic system causing psychosomatic diseases or to the muscular system leading to conversion reactions still holds water. Laypeople's …

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