Danielle's Story (01:53)
Dr. Peter Salgo introduces panelists. College athlete Danielle Kerr describes her hockey scholarship to Northeastern University.
Mysterious Symptoms (02:18)
Kerr describes developing a body tremor after suffering multiple hockey concussions. All tests were negative.
Tremor Symptoms (01:46)
Panelists analyze a video of Kerr's tremor from a neurologist's perspective, and explain possible causes.
Tremor Diagnostics (01:21)
Panelists would run MRI and PET scans, and electrolyte tests on tremor patients. Kerr's tests came back negative.
Conversion Disorder (01:15)
Kerr's doctors diagnosed her tremor as a psychological illness with neurological symptoms. Panelists discuss overlaps between psychiatry and neurology.
Conversion Disorder Risk Factors (02:43)
Young female athletes with multiple head injuries are more likely to develop the condition. Learn the difference between conversion disorder and PTSD.
Diagnosing Conversion Disorder (01:04)
Panelists explain that the condition is positively diagnosed, and symptoms are real—despite a lack of physiological evidence.
Conversion Disorder Cluster (02:04)
Panelists discuss a case in Le Roy, New York where high school students developed tic symptoms through unconscious imitation.
Treating Conversion Disorder (04:53)
Kerr discusses her experience with the psychological condition. Positive reinforcement, physical therapy, and counseling are prescribed.
Recovering from Conversion Disorder (02:07)
Kerr describes EMDR therapy. Panelists agree that doctors should try different treatments, depending on patient response.
Conversion Disorder Prognosis (00:53)
Learn how age, symptom duration, and evaluation can affect patient outcome.
Conversion Disorder Follow-up (02:18)
Kerr describes how she deals with occasional tremors; she now coaches hockey instead of playing.
Credits: Conversion Disorder: Second Opinion—Taking Charge of Your Health Care (01:11)
Credits: Conversion Disorder: Second Opinion—Taking Charge of Your Health Care
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