Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Drumroll…. Fifth Annual Conference on Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) will be taking place this October!

Five years ago, at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, we took a leap into the unknown and organized our first ever PNES conference for patient and caregivers. Just days before the conference was to take place, we were understandably nervous.  We wondered if anyone would even show up, if there was any interest in the topic, and if this would be the first and last PNES conference. Fast forward now to five years...

Fourth annual psychogenic non-epileptic seizures conference in New Jersey

This year we had the pleasure of holding what has now become a tradition: our annual conference on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)—our fourth annual conference! Some things were new this year though. To begin with, we moved our conference location from Mahwah, NJ to Morristown, NJ, where the Morristown Medical Center generously offered to host our event.  Different than other years, we were not in...

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...

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