Conversion disorder


In this podcast Professor Anthony David discusses with Dr Raj Persaud the paper he co-wrote on a brain imaging investigation of conversion disorder or hysteria. The study probes a neuroscience explanation for conversion symptoms where a traumatic experience is transformed into a physical symptom.


Date published: 10 June 2014

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Anthony David

Audio running time: 31 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • conversion disorder and the psychological link


  • Freud's theories on hysteria specifically related to memory and physical symptoms and the links between them 


  • the translation between a stressful event and a physical symptom


  • possible treatments for conversion disorder.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2014. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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