Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Why do children have psychogenic seizures (PNES)? Is it because their parents are too nice to them?

In the last couple of weeks, an article started to appear in different social media outlets in which a neurologist was quoted as saying that an important contributing factor in functional illnesses (including seizures and paralysis) in children is that their parents are showering the children with “too much love and attention.” ...

Challenges in the management of Psychogenic seizures: Are we playing a role in this?

This weekend, I was reading a paper by Dr. Gaston Baslet and his colleagues (Treatment of Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: Updated review and findings from our mindfulness-based intervention case series, 2014 Clinical EEG and Neuroscience).  On page 9 the authors discuss something that was not the main topic of the paper, but that struck me as worthy of being highlighted: Challenges in the management of...

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...

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: Love and Light

  My name is JJ and I am 22. My seizures have been a sporadic problem since I was 13. They really became a problem December 2013. I had quit drinking in September, I later discovered my alcoholism was suppressing my seizures. My seizures became unbearable, I was unable to do the things I used to, I began seeking and searching for answers. Every time I would go to the hospital they would tell me I was “faking...

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...

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