Conversion reaction refers to a disorder in which a psychological disturbance takes a physical form, such as when arms or legs are paralyzed and there is no physiological explanation.
In the psychology context, conversion reaction refers to a psychological disorder in which emotional conflicts or stressors are expressed through physical symptoms or complaints that cannot be explained by a medical condition. Conversion reactions are thought to occur as a way for an individual to cope with or avoid emotional distress, and they are typically seen as a defense mechanism.
Examples of conversion reactions in the psychology context include:
- Developing physical symptoms or complaints, such as paralysis or blindness, in response to emotional stress or conflict
- Experiencing a sudden onset or worsening of physical symptoms in response to a psychological trigger, such as a traumatic event or a significant life change
- Demonstrating improvement or resolution of physical symptoms in response to psychological interventions or support, such as therapy or support from loved ones
Conversion reactions can be distressing and disruptive to an individual's functioning, and they may require treatment in order to address the underlying emotional conflicts or stressors. Psychologists and other mental health professionals may use a variety of treatment approaches, such as therapy or psychotropic medication, to help individuals with conversion reactions manage their symptoms and improve their overall functioning and well-being.