Stressors are Correlated with the Development of Conversion Disorder Presenting with Non-epileptic Events

Authors

  • Md Shafiul Islam Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College, Patantula, Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • Aminur Rahman Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Jessore Medical College, Jessore, Bangladesh
  • Muiz Uddin Ahmed Choudhury Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College, Patantula, Sylhet, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/medtoday.v32i2.48837

Keywords:

Psychosocial correlates, Conversion disorder, Non epileptic events

Abstract

Introduction: To study the socio-demographic and psychosocial correlates in patients with conversion disorder presentingwith nonepileptic events and discuss its interventional implication.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptivestudy was carried out in a tertiary care hospital of BrahmmanBaria Medical College from January 2018 to January2019. 151 consecutive patients with conversion disorder satisfying the inclusion and exclusion criteria were selected. Theywere interviewed using semi-structured socio-demographic profile proforma, Holmes and Rahe stress scale for the explorationof psycho-social stressors. The data were entered on MS excel, analyzed by SPSS-version 16.0.

Results: The psychosocialstressors were clearly identified in all patients. Almost ninety five (94.70%, n=143) out of the total 151 subjects hada history of stressors, while in the rest 4.95% no stressors could be established. The commonest stressors were Troubleswith in-laws (26.49%), Death of close family member (11.92%) and Increase in argument with significant others (10.59 %).

Conclusion: Significantly higher number of the patients presented with the stressor of troubles with in-laws, when assessedon the Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale. Detection of exact nature of correlates has immense potentialfor therapeutic as well as preventive field.

Medicine Today 2020 Vol.32(2): 134-137

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2020-08-29

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Islam, M. S., Rahman, A., & Choudhury, M. U. A. (2020). Stressors are Correlated with the Development of Conversion Disorder Presenting with Non-epileptic Events. Medicine Today, 32(2), 134–137. https://doi.org/10.3329/medtoday.v32i2.48837

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