What are psychogenic movement disorders?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Psychogenic movement disorders are often florid and bizarre (see Catatonia). [17, 18] The motions of these disorders typically defy the boundaries that circumscribe neurologic disorders. They usually do not resemble classic TD. Psychogenic movement disorders generally represent conversion disorders, neurologic symptoms expressed by a patient who believes that the symptoms are present. [19] The patient is apparently physically healthy. Conversion disorders are not well understood. [19]

Often a stress, positive or negative, has occurred in the individual’s life. People with psychogenic movement disorders often have experienced a major life event (eg, failure to attain an expected promotion, death of a loved one). [19]


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