Recently while doing some research on EDS, I ran across this interesting article:
Having a background in psychology, I am familiar with conversion disorder (CD), but I never thought someone with EDS could be labeled with it. The case study presented involves an 8-year-old girl whom doctors suspected of purposely dislocating her joints. It was not this suspicion that prompted the CD “diagnosis” but the seizures she started having. After all, in order to get labeled with CD, the patient must not be consciously producing the symptoms.
Dr. Richard Barnum, a psychiatrist and author of the article, effectively reveals the problems with labeling patients with CD and goes on to conclude that “there is probably no value in suggesting to either the patient or the mental health practitioner that the patient has CD.”
I have never had the misfortune of getting the CD label despite having a frighteningly complex medical history, but if any future doctor ever hints at it, I will be well equipped with Dr. Barnum’s article.
For those of you interested in this subject, Dr. Barnum also presented at the 2013 TCAPP Think Tank in 2013.