How are psychogenic movement disorders treated?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Although people with psychogenic movement disorders may seek and demand medication and surgery, they are likely to experience severe adverse effects. Therefore, pharmacologic and surgical interventions should be avoided in patients with psychogenic movement disorders. These disorders must be differentiated from voluntary expressions of emotion characteristic of cultural and ethnic groups, such as zaghrouta. [20, 21] Psychiatric consultation is indicated.


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