Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) Conference in Scotland, 2017

Early in September, I had the pleasure of attending a very exciting conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference was historic and groundbreaking in many ways, not least of which was that the last International FND had been held a total of SEVEN years before! First question to tackle before we move forward is: What are Functional Neurological Disorders? And why are we talking about them when this blog features...

Recently, I put out an invitation to persons living with PNES to submit writing samples (poems, write-ups, personal stories, etc).  The purpose of opening up the blog like this is to give a voice to persons living with PNES on a platform that is read in the US and abroad and that will reach others who are feeling alone with this diagnosis.  Olivia quickly contacted me and sent this write-up which she and I hope...

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...

New Publication examines how psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES or NEAD) are represented on the Internet.

Many health professionals still hold misconceptions regarding PNES itself. Many still believe that the psychogenic episodes are somehow voluntary in nature. Others are uncertain about prognosis and when it comes to treatment many tend to offer a knee-jerk suggestion of CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) without taking into account that a substantial number of mental health professionals may be trained in CBT but may...

With all the exceptional research being conducted on PNES/NEAD, is this seriously the article that was chosen to be highlighted by the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA) in their effort to address the PNES topic?

I remember like it was yesterday, while still a fellow in training, an attending doctor said: Lorna, when you start publishing in the future, make sure you don’t just publish noise. When I asked what he meant by that, he explained that too many articles published in scientific journals are just noise, static like on the radio, and that they have little or no value. This week, I ran across an article on PNES that...

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