Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

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,...

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...

Invited poet-Brittney “The Mourning Light”

Several times a year, this blog invites writers who live with PNES to share their writings.  This month, we have a moving poem submitted by Brittney. My name is Brittney, I’m 30, a member of the PNES support group, and I cannot work due to multiple conditions. I wrote the poem below in July when I was in patient at a mental health hospital where I had 3 spells in 10 days. It was my first stay at such a place...

Why is scientific research in psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) so important and if you see that a study has opened up, why you should seriously consider applying to see if you qualify

A researcher of the brain You may not believe this if you are currently living with PNES and encountering a lot of the day to day challenges that come with it, but the panorama for PNES is actually improving (I know it can feel for some like too slow or not at all where you live, but remember, there is hope).  And one of the key ways in which we continue moving forward in making more improvements for those living...

Towards an integrative theory of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) by Richard J. Brown, Markus Reuber—highly recommend this article

beauty child at the blackboard I’d like to use this month’s blog post to highlight a superb article that was published this year on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in Clinical Psychology Review (issue 47).  In my opinion, this publication is what all professionals who work with PNES should be aspiring to contribute to the field. In past blog posts I have talked about professional publications that represent...

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