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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 205-207

A study of clinical correlates and socio-demographic profile in conversion disorder


Department of Psychiatry, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam, India

Correspondence Address:
Kamala Deka
Department of Psychiatry, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.37323

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Aim: To study the clinical presentations and relationship of socio-demographic variables with conversion disorder. Methods: Forty patients admitted to the department of psychiatry, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, during November 2004 to August 2005 who fulfilled the inclusion criteria of the study were evaluated for socio-demographic variables and clinical presentations on a semi-structured pro forma. Results: Conversion disorder is more common in young adults (57.5%), females (92.5%) and among students belonging to nuclear family of lower socioeconomic status. A majority of the patients had an obvious precipitating factor, of which family-related (40%) and school-related (30%) problems accounted for the major types. Motor symptoms were the predominant presentation (87.5%) with pseudo seizure being the commonest.



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