Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Book recommendation: Trauma and Recovery-The aftermath of violence from domestic abuse to political terror by Judith Herman, M.D.

In 1992, Dr. Herman published this groundbreaking book that, over the years, has helped educate countless clinicians who treat traumatized individuals. I believe I came upon this first edition in 1995.  The most updated version came out recently in 2015.  In my opinion, this book provides one of the clearest and insightful explanations of the many aspects of psychological trauma and is a must for future...

Hatred: the fuel in some psychogenic seizures?

Today’s blog is the result of a profound series of conversations I recently had with someone.  We were talking about a harmful emotion that can result from experiencing abuse: Hatred. Hatred is different than anger.  Anger is an emotion.  It is, like all other emotions; it’s neither right or wrong nor good or bad.  It simply is.  In fact, anger serves an important purpose. It signals that something is...

Psychiatry and Psychology are dropping the ball when it comes to psychogenic non epileptic seizures

Dr. Selim Benbadis published an excellent editorial article in the Neuropsychiatry Journal this year in which he called out both the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Association for the absence of information about Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (conversion disorders) they have on their sites. He pointed out that both associations have a plethora of mental health topics and diagnoses for which...

The connection between Psychological (Psychogenic) non epileptic seizures and a history of trauma

How many people with PNES have a history of trauma? An interesting article was published in the Journal Epilepsy and Behavior ( 2004) by Fiszman et.  al. It reviewed 17 PNES studies and found that traumatic events and PTSD in persons with PNES were very common.  Depending on the study: 44-100% of PNES patients had suffered some form of general trauma and 23-77% had a history of physical or sexual abuse.  What is...