CENTER ON BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
Psychogenic: Research Article
Disorder Presenting as Deafness. Rehabilitation
Psychology © 2004 by the Educational Publishing
August 2004 Vol. 49,
Objective: Describe successful behavioral treatment of conversion disorder presenting as deafness.
Participant: Adolescent female with psychogenic deafness occurring after an environmental stressor. Intervention: Participated in 9 outpatient behavior therapy sessions. Progressed from simple to more complex hearing tasks after demonstrating mastery at each level.
Results: Individual regained full hearing ability in clinic and in functional settings. Gains maintained at 1-year follow-up. Conclusions: Rehabilitation psychologists are frequently involved in the treatment of conversion disorder with motor symptoms, but less often with impairment of 1 of the special senses. This case study illustrates the successful use of behavior therapy in the treatment of conversion disorder presenting as deafness.
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