Do you think I experienced psychiatric conversion?
July 25, 2010 11:50 AM Subscribe
Do you think I experienced psychiatric conversion disorder, or does it just seem coincidental?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First off, thank you very much for taking the time to review this question. I appreciate any insights you might have to offer.
I very recently was reading "Travels" by Michael Crichton (a non-fiction work). In it while reviewing his time at Harvard Medical school he shares a conversation he had with a Dr. It involved Psychiatric conversion. I knew of this mental disorder, but had never really thought about it before, but the way it was worded in the book made me analyze two different events in my life and wonder if possibly I have experienced conversion disorder.
First event: in 2006, newly married I was certain that I just "knew" everything and was going to have a serious talk with my father (and employer) about being on a far more "equal" status than we had previously been. Part of this confidence may also have come from my taking of zoloft for a few months prior, but it might just be a total coincidence. I have everything planned and am going to meet with him in the morning, when all of a sudden in the early evening I have rather severe (or seemed to me to be severe anyways) chest pains. They continue for over 2 hrs. and I wind up going to the ER to get a run up. Long story short, nothing was significantly wrong and there was no apparent medical cause for my chest pains that night, but due to all the commotion of it I never met with my father. Was that just a subconscious defense mechanism, or am I over reaching?
Second event: In early 2009 I am very busy and happy while working at a different job that involved quite a bit of travel. My confidence is sky high and I again plan to have a serious conversation with my Dad (we're not working together at this point). 2 days before my planned meeting with him I started having these "spells" where I could not speak and my movement was very limited. They were very odd and frightening and I had a lot of different tests to try and figure out what it was. The final consensus from the Dr's was that it was an odd type of migraine.
Now, here is why I never even considered that it might've been conversion in those instances in the past. First off, I was not nervous about meeting with my dad. I was calm, confident, knew what to say etc... Also, while He is difficult to communicate with (we have very different personalities), he is a great, loving, supportive, (if not a bit controlling), father. I was never abused and I don't have any emotional issues of any kind that regard him.
So to sum it all up, do you think it was just a coincidence that these two events happened when I had a serious meeting planned with my dad? Or, could it be some type of psychiatric conversion? If it is conversion, what on earth could you do to stop/change it? I certainly never wanted any of the issues that happened to happen and I would love to avoid it in the future if at all possible. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and share your thoughts. Have a great day!
PS: I did this anonymously because it felt a bit personal, but if you have any specific questions that you think might aid any advice please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org