Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Health Professionals Need to become educated about Psychogenic seizures (PNES)

Recently I read a couple of comments about psychogenic seizures on an epilepsy professional Forum and was thoroughly disappointed and irritated to say the least.   Although the tone of the comments was essentially professional and apparently trying to be helpful, I was taken aback by how dismissively the PNES patient was spoken of by these professionals who are the front line health providers, perhaps some of the...

Katie offers advice on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures at the workplace

Katie is contributing this month’s blog post.  In it she gives useful advice based on her own experiences about how to deal with PNES in the workplace.  She describes “The Talk” that you may want to have with your boss and workmates and how you might explain to them what you need them to do in the event that you have an episode.  Opinions and comments are welcome (remember that when they are...

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: Ming shares her story of living with PNES

My psychogenic seizures began like this: I was exposed to “Workplace Bullying.” Even though I had exemplary yearly evaluations my supervisor began the bullying and as it increased I reported it to the head boss. They planned to have 5 back to 5 meetings in one day with him and others (there’s a term for this “Mobbing”). The evening before the meetings, I began to prepare my clothes for the...

Treating Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: Only half of US psychiatrists accept payment through health insurance

An article came out earlier this week in USA Today that underscored a very serious problem that persons with psychogenic non epileptic seizures (and other mental health conditions) face.  Only half of psychiatrists accept insurance which means that if you need treatment you need to be prepared to pay large out-of-pocket fees. This is not news for anyone who has tried to find a psychiatrist for a patient (I run into...

Psychiatry and Psychology are dropping the ball when it comes to psychogenic non epileptic seizures

Dr. Selim Benbadis published an excellent editorial article in the Neuropsychiatry Journal this year in which he called out both the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Association for the absence of information about Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (conversion disorders) they have on their sites. He pointed out that both associations have a plethora of mental health topics and diagnoses for which...

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