Teen Conversion Disorder is a Mental health condition where teens begin experiencing physical symptoms, due to a psychological cause, such as a traumatic event.
One of the things that makes Teen Conversion Disorder difficult to diagnose is that the physical symptoms present can be similar, if not identical, to those arising from physical causes. Because the same physical symptoms could be present due to other causes, it can be hard at first to attribute them to this illness. The identifying characteristic of the illness, then, is a traumatic event and/or severe stress that the teens have experienced.
There can be a wide array of symptoms that teens with Conversion Disorder experience, including:
- Difficulty with actions related to movement, such as coordination
- Trouble walking
- Dizziness and/or fainting
- Loss of or lessened senses, such as sight, smell, and touch
- Difficulty speaking
It’s worth noting that proper diagnosis of conversion disorder is extremely important and can prove difficult. Because conversion disorder involves both mental and physical symptoms, it’s important for teens to be evaluated thoroughly for potential physical causes, before being treated. Furthermore, it’s important for teens to be evaluated for Co-Occurring disorders, since it’s very common for it to co-exist with another illness.
Teen conversion disorder treatment for is designed around helping teens to address the stressors and effects surrounding the trauma they experienced. Depending on the individual, treatment for trauma can involve a number of different processes and techniques, designed to help teens access and speak about their experience, while also protecting them throughout this delicate, exposing process.
What we find is that most often, as teens begin to address the traumatic experience, they will begin to gain relief from some of the underlying feelings of stress and anxiety that they’re experiencing. As teens begin to gain perspective on the traumatic experience, they can also begin making connections between their feelings of stress from the trauma and their physical symptoms they have.
Paradigm New York:
Paradigm New York is one of the leading teen treatment centers in the country, located just outside of New York City. Paradigm New York provides holistic teen conversion disorder treatment for teens from New York State as well as the rest of the country. While at Paradigm New York, teens benefit from staying in a beautiful, house-like setting, with a small group of teens, and a team of mental health professionals that are among the very best in the country. Paradigm New York treats teens from ages 13-18 and teens usually stay with us from between 4-6 weeks.