Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

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...

Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) Conference in Scotland, 2017

Early in September, I had the pleasure of attending a very exciting conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference was historic and groundbreaking in many ways, not least of which was that the last International FND had been held a total of SEVEN years before! First question to tackle before we move forward is: What are Functional Neurological Disorders? And why are we talking about them when this blog features...

Recommendations for books having to do with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures as holiday gifts 2016

My position has always been that the gift of knowledge is maybe one of the most wonderful gifts we can give to others.  That’s why I so value the work teachers do.  I am still in awe of how children enter school as illiterates and in just a few years are taught how to make sense of symbols (i.e. letters) ending up being able to read whole words, passages and even books, and able to write persuasive,...

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...

New Publication examines how psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES or NEAD) are represented on the Internet.

Many health professionals still hold misconceptions regarding PNES itself. Many still believe that the psychogenic episodes are somehow voluntary in nature. Others are uncertain about prognosis and when it comes to treatment many tend to offer a knee-jerk suggestion of CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) without taking into account that a substantial number of mental health professionals may be trained in CBT but may...

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