conversion reaction


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conversion reaction

[kən′vər·zhən rē′ak·shən]
(psychology)
The form of hysterical neurosis in which the impulse causing anxiety is converted into functional symptoms of the special senses or voluntary nervous system.
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Harry Doyle, stated that the diagnosis of conversion reaction disorder requires an underlying psychological cause such as an event in a person's life that could relate to the onset of symptoms.
Alternatively, the conversion reaction can be rewritten as the sum of several intermediate steps, including the formation of a barium hydroxide liquid:
It is believed to be due to several different mechanisms: irritation from GERD, postnasal drip syndrome, in-halation of irritants, or psychiatric conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression leading to a conversion reaction.