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...

Health Professionals Need to become educated about Psychogenic seizures (PNES)

Recently I read a couple of comments about psychogenic seizures on an epilepsy professional Forum and was thoroughly disappointed and irritated to say the least.   Although the tone of the comments was essentially professional and apparently trying to be helpful, I was taken aback by how dismissively the PNES patient was spoken of by these professionals who are the front line health providers, perhaps some of the...

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: GC recommends that you listen to yourself

This blog post was written by a young woman who was diagnosed with psychogenic seizures (PNES) seven years ago.  She has coursed a hard yet enriching road that eventually helped her overcome her PNES.  Not only has she overcome the condition, she is now helping others to do the same.  we thank her for taking the time to write this message which she hopes will be helpful to many of you. About 7 years ago I was...

Katie offers advice on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures at the workplace

Katie is contributing this month’s blog post.  In it she gives useful advice based on her own experiences about how to deal with PNES in the workplace.  She describes “The Talk” that you may want to have with your boss and workmates and how you might explain to them what you need them to do in the event that you have an episode.  Opinions and comments are welcome (remember that when they are...

Psychogenic non epileptic seizures (PNES) can disrupt life in a multitude of ways

Some think that because psychogenic non epileptic seizures are “psychological” that they somehow have less of an impact on life. But for many who have PNES, it can feel like a prison (see picture of handcuffs). PNES has some very real emotional and physical effects and the potential to affect the finances and independence of the patient in a multitude of ways. The unexpected nature of the psychogenic events can...

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