This is an interesting story. It is based on a series of studies that indicate that a deconversion from a fundamentalist faith can cause some psychological damage that manifests itself in physical ways. This goes along with the theory of motivated reasoning…
Unfortunately, they use only one same, and that of a Mormon missionary.
Anyway, I’m cataloging this for future use:
He explained that conversion disorder is an unusual psychological malady with symptoms that resemble a neurological disorder or other medical condition. The onset is usually abrupt and typically begins with a mental conflict or emotional crisis, then “converts” to a physical problem that prevents the patient from engaging in the activity that was causing him stress.