Conversion disorder and pseudoseizures "Together in love and epilepsy" two case reports

Conversion disorder is somatoform disorder (DSM – IV, 1996.). Pseudoseizures are one of 4 conversion disorder categories.
Considering all the attributes and specific details of emotional development, the differentiation of psychogenic pseudoseizures from epileptic seizures in children and adolescents might be very difficult. It is most important to distinguish conversion from organic symptoms. We also have to consider the possibility of psychological and organic symptoms presenting at the same time. If necessary, the only optimal way to treat children and adolescents with neurological and/or psychiatric disorders, is to have a correct diagnosis, which demands good teamwork of a child psychiatrist, neurologist, psychologist and adequate diagnostic equipment. These two reported cases are matched in a very interesting way, inducing and maintaining each other in psychiatric / neurological etiology and pathogenesis. So, we recognized them as having mixed psychiatric / neurological pathology and these cases demonstrate the importance of team work between subspecialists and the value of the special knowledge of other related areas of expertise and familiarity with tiny details of the syndrome’s phenomenology.
Category: Case report
Volume: Vol. 51, No 2, april - june 2007
Authors: A. Klobučar
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