Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

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...

What do those diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures receive along with the diagnosis of PNES when they are discharged?

For many it may have taken months to years to reach the point of lying in the hospital bed hearing the words: you don’t have “epilepsy,” you have something we call “psychogenic non-epileptic seizures” or “non-epileptic attack disorder.”  Getting here may have involved being seen by more than one doctor, receiving all sorts of other diagnoses (e.g. epilepsy), taking medications that did nothing to...

A historic meeting in Mahwah, NJ shines a light on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures

A month ago, we were still in the throes of planning our first conference on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). We had PNES brochures printed up, we had ordered many copies of “Psychogenic non-epileptic Seizures: A Guide” to give out at the registration desk, we had purple and teal charms ready, and all our speakers were working hard on their lectures.  We suspected that it had the potential to be a...

Why do Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) become chronic for so many?

For the past year or so I have had a survey up on www.nonepilepticseizures.com homepage.  It asks: How long have you been suffering non-epileptic episodes? 109 responses were received.  Note that this is not a scientific survey that is based on those who wished to respond. Over 40% reported that PNES has been part of their life for over 5 years!  Thirty-seven percent reported that PNES has been part of their life...

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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