Teen Conversion Disorder
Teen Conversion Disorder Treatment is necessary when a Mental Disorder in which psychological causes (such as experiencing a traumatic event) trigger physical symptoms. Though these physical symptoms may be similar to some that have organic causes, these symptoms don’t reveal any biological reasons.
What It Looks Like
Because Teen Conversion Disorder results in physical symptoms stemming from psychological causes, symptoms can be somewhat difficult to recognize and/or attribute to this disorder. The mental symptoms present may be difficult to determine as related to a traumatic event or other psychological stress, but there will be no other diagnosable physical cause.
Symptoms present in teens with Conversion Disorder can differ according to the person, but are often related to the senses or movement. Some of the symptoms that may be exhibited include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty balancing
- Poor coordination
- Tremors, tingling in limbs
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Urinary problems
- Loss of sense of touch
- Impaired sense of sight or hearing
- Impaired speech
Residential Teen Conversion Disorder Treatment
For teen conversion disorder treatment, the first step involves seeing a physician, who can rule out any organic causes for the physical symptoms. Once all possible physical causes are ruled out, teens can then seek treatment from a therapist, with conversion disorder being a possible diagnosis.
Teen conversion disorder treatment entails a number of different approaches within the scope of talk therapy. Therapists working with teens to help them first understand that their symptoms aren’t related to a physical illness, and then work with them to address the initial traumatic event or experience which led to these symptoms.
Especially at first, teens can feel confused about the symptoms they’re experiencing, as well as confused about how the symptoms are connected to the original traumatic event. It’s important for teens to understand that they’re not making up or imagining these symptoms, and furthermore, they shouldn’t just try to ignore them until they go away. The connections we experience between our mental and physical health are strong and this illness manifests itself with regard to this connection.
Therapists address the initial traumatic event with the teens, and by doing so, recognize specific stressors that may be leading to physical symptoms. They also teach teens healthy ways of dealing with stress and conflict, as well as behaviors that help contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle. Some of these techniques might include things like meditation, imaging, breathing exercises, and yoga.
Depending on a teen’s symptoms, therapists may recommend medication, especially in helping treat any symptoms of Depression and Anxiety which the teen may be experiencing.
What are the chances of a teenager’s recovery?
The prognosis for teenagers with teen conversion disorder is very good, meaning recovery from both the physical symptoms being experienced as well as progress toward alleviating stress from the original traumatic incident.