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Conversion disorder is characterized by the presence of neurological symptoms without any known neurological disorder. It is often associated with psychosocial problems. Conversion disorder is more common in Asian and African countries. Understanding and recognition of conversion disorder is poor in primary care. Therefore, it is associated with high use of health facilities, unnecessary investigations, treatment, and impairment. The chapter describes conversion disorder in children and adolescents, treatment, challenges associated with it, ways to improve services, and possible prevention.

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Agarwal, V., Sitholey, P. (2020). Conversion Disorder. In: Taylor, E., Verhulst, F., Wong, J., Yoshida, K. (eds) Mental Health and Illness of Children and Adolescents. Mental Health and Illness Worldwide. Springer, Singapore.

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