Conversion Disorder CE Course
Psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, allied health professionals, nurses, general practice physicians, and students, interns, and trainees of these disciplines.
The purpose of this activity is to expand the student’s knowledge about conversion disorder and its differential diagnoses.
- Conversion disorder presents in a way that appears to have legitimate symptoms
- Most of the symptoms are neurological and takes several tests to rule out neurological disorder
- Most of professionals cannot promptly diagnose conversion disorder, especially if there is a true underlying neurological disorder superimposed by conversion
Conversion Disorder represents about 1% of consultation in general hospitals; up to 9% of consults with neurologists or psychiatrists, and it is a diagnosis made by exclusion, requiring several works ups to rule out real neurological disorders or identify when conversive symptoms superimpose real symptoms. Conversion Disorder is a common and difficult problem seen in medical practice. There is a high incidence of co-morbidities (neurological, motor, emotional, sensory) and it is necessary to have a therapeutic approach to treat Conversion Disorder once it is diagnosed, instead of reinforcing conversive symptoms. The purpose of this activity is to expand the student’s knowledge about Conversion Disorder and its differential diagnosis.
- Conversion disorder is a common and difficult problem seen in medical practice
- There is high incidence of co-morbidities (neurological, motor, emotional, sensory)
- It is necessary to have a therapeutic approach to treat conversion disorder once it is diagnosed, instead reinforcing conversive symptoms
By the end of this course learners will be able to:
- Define conversion disorder
- Identify the differential diagnoses
- Establish therapeutic relationship to assist patient in developing insight about conversion disorder
- Offer treatment to patients with conversion disorder
Meet your instructor: Karen B. Silva PhD, MSFN, RN-BC. Board certified nurse in Mental Health and Psychiatric nursing. Has a doctoral degree in general psychology, and two master’s degrees in Advance practice Nursing in Adult and Geriatric Health and Forensic Nursing. Over 30 years of experience in psychiatric nursing and over 12 years in education. Currently work as an Education Program Coordinator and Instructor of Psychiatry in a large hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
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