Doctors here said conversion disorder, which is a psychiatric disorder due to emotional and psychological stressors, is also treatable through psychological intervention. About 4.3 per cent of children in the country suffer from the disorder. Often, its physical symptoms cannot be explained by a neurological or medical condition.
The patient was suffering from a psychogenic blepharospasm, a rare manifestation of conversion disorder where an individual suffers from involuntary closure of eyes. Dr Yamini Kannappan, a consultant psychiatrist at Kauvery Hospital, said the case highlights the importance of recognising the psychogenic causes, which comes with unexplained medical conditions. For instance, seizures and movement disorders can also arise from psychological factors.