Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

The good news is that you don’t have epilepsy, instead you have something called PNES

This blog’s title depicts a common way in which many doctors explain the diagnosis of Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) to patients who are newly diagnosed with this disorder. I suspect this presentation is meant to suggest to the patient that having PNES is less terrible, dangerous, maybe potentially intractable, etc. than having epilepsy. However, in this year’s American Epilepsy Society meeting there...

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) on YouTube®

Over the last few months, we have been asking those who visit our website: www.nonepilepticseizures.com to respond to a survey.  The question asked was, On YouTube®, which videos on PNES do you find most helpful? The options to choose from included: Videos showing a seizure, educational videos by doctors, educational videos by patients, I don’t use YouTube®. A total of 78 visitors responded; they let us know...

A fantastic new book on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures “In our words” and why some health professionals should read it

This blog post has two parts to it. The first part will talk about a wonderful new book called “In Our Words” edited by Markus Reuber, Gregg Rawlings and Steven C. Schachter and which features testimonials of those living with PNES from around the world.  It can be pre-ordered on Amazon with official release date of June 26,...

Raising PNES awareness

Every so often, I have an invited writer contribute something relevant to PNES on this blog.  Recently, I heard from John Dougherty, author of “Lowering the Shield: Overcoming Psychogenic Seizures” about a disappointing event in his continuing efforts to improve the lives of those living with PNES.  I agreed with him that it merits being shared with the PNES community and may help us, as a community,...

A firefighter diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was just featured in a news article

Yesterday, an article in print and video format came out in which a Canadian firefighter describes the long road he traveled with his diagnosis of PNES. In it, he explains how he started to have problems after experiencing three sequential traumatic experiences. These, first led to developing post-traumatic stress disorder, and then progressed into PNES (a health condition that is woefully unknown to most).  His...

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