Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

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,...

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...

Katie shares her experience of living with psychogenic seizures for 4 years

Katie is 22 years old and will graduate from college this spring.  She has also had psychogenic non-epileptic seizures for 4 years.  She contacted me because she wants to be a voice and advocate for PNES, to help others realize they are not alone and that there is hope, and to make positive strides for this condition.    So this month’s blog post is different than all the previous ones I have posted. ...

Psychogenic non epileptic seizures flare up even when good things happen: does that make any sense?

It does actually. The idea for today’s blog post came to me after one of my patients had several episodes right after getting some very good news. She was confused as was her family about why this happened. This led to our talking about different kinds of stress and we were able to make sense of it. So, I thought it would be useful to share with all of you as well. To understand it we need to talk about...