Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Why can’t you just stop having these Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNESs)?

Patients diagnosed with PNES sometimes share with me that they have encountered people who seem to think that they should be able to stop the seizures by somehow willing them away.  Those who hold this erroneous belief are not only from the general public but also health professionals (e.g. emergency medical personnel, doctors and nurses in emergency rooms, and even specialized neurologists).  One person I spoke...

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...

Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures: How can you have a stress disorder if you’re not feeling stressed?

The question I hear from almost all my patients who have received the diagnosis of psychogenic seizures the first few times we meet is: “How can I have a stress condition if I am not feeling at all stressed? The answer is: There is a difference between feeling stressed and being under stress.   And developing awareness and understanding of this in persons with PNES is an essential part of treatment. What is...

Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures: A Guide-new book for patients and loved ones hopes to fill the information gap that currently exists

For the past year and a half I have been writing a book on psychogenic seizures for those living with PNES as well as their caregivers and the professionals who work with them.  As we all know, psychogenic seizures look very much like epileptic seizures, but are not triggered by electrical anomalies in the brain but rather by emotional stress.  Psychogenic seizures represent a very serious psychological disorder...

Mindfulness and psychogenic non epileptic seizures

I was reading a few books by Dr. Kabat-Zinn, Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He reports how useful mindfulness is when working with medically ill patients who are in excrutiating pain. I was intrigued by the concept of mindfulness and surprised by the similarities between it and the Western treatment approach I use with psychogenic non epileptic...

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