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...

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...

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