Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Prolonged exposure therapy for the treatment of patients diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

We’d be hard pressed to find a clinician or researcher who doesn’t agree that the proper treatment for a confirmed diagnosis of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) or non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD-as it is called in the UK) is some form of psychotherapy.  Although, we’ve known this for decades, we’re still sorely uncertain as to which psychotherapeutic treatment modalities are not just most...

Riding 40 miles for seizures #2

A year ago, riding in a bike marathon seemed like an impossible challenge since I had only ever ridden my bicycle recreationally, had never done anything marathon-like ever before and had not even been an especially athletic child or youth growing up.  Now, less than a year later, bike riding through the Northeast of the US to raise funds for the Epilepsy Free not-for-profit and to raise awareness about seizure...

Recommendations for books having to do with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures as holiday gifts 2016

My position has always been that the gift of knowledge is maybe one of the most wonderful gifts we can give to others.  That’s why I so value the work teachers do.  I am still in awe of how children enter school as illiterates and in just a few years are taught how to make sense of symbols (i.e. letters) ending up being able to read whole words, passages and even books, and able to write persuasive,...

Towards an integrative theory of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) by Richard J. Brown, Markus Reuber—highly recommend this article

beauty child at the blackboard I’d like to use this month’s blog post to highlight a superb article that was published this year on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in Clinical Psychology Review (issue 47).  In my opinion, this publication is what all professionals who work with PNES should be aspiring to contribute to the field. In past blog posts I have talked about professional publications that represent...

What do those diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures receive along with the diagnosis of PNES when they are discharged?

For many it may have taken months to years to reach the point of lying in the hospital bed hearing the words: you don’t have “epilepsy,” you have something we call “psychogenic non-epileptic seizures” or “non-epileptic attack disorder.”  Getting here may have involved being seen by more than one doctor, receiving all sorts of other diagnoses (e.g. epilepsy), taking medications that did nothing to...

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