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Dissociative (Conversion) Disorders

The common theme shared by dissociative disorders is a partial or complete loss of the normal integration between memories of the past, awareness of identity and immediate sensations, and control of bodily movements. There is normally a considerable degree of conscious control over the memories and sensations that can be selected for immediate attention, and the movements that are to be carried out.

The term “conversion hysteria” should be avoided, because it is confusing and stigmatizing.

The prevalence is not exactly known (up to 10%) .

Sudden onset and termination of dissociative states.

There are several forms of dissociative syndromes.

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