Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

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...

With all the exceptional research being conducted on PNES/NEAD, is this seriously the article that was chosen to be highlighted by the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA) in their effort to address the PNES topic?

I remember like it was yesterday, while still a fellow in training, an attending doctor said: Lorna, when you start publishing in the future, make sure you don’t just publish noise. When I asked what he meant by that, he explained that too many articles published in scientific journals are just noise, static like on the radio, and that they have little or no value. This week, I ran across an article on PNES that...

What are a lot of epilepsy centers in the US doing for their patients once they diagnose them with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)?

 This won’t be a surprise to many patients who have been diagnosed with PNES but some of you may be astonished to read:  Very little if anything. Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures can go misdiagnosed for an average of 7.2 years.1 In an attempt to remedy this devastating delay, the National Association of Epilepsy Centers-NAEC has established the following guidelines: a) When a patients seizures have not been...

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...

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