Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

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...

Creating proper treatment programs for psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in the US

In June and July of this year I blogged on how poor standard of care is in the US for many patients diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. However, this month I am happy to write about a positive experience I had at Overlook Hospital of Summit, New Jersey. In the summer, I blogged about deficient care for PNES in neurology and mental health settings in the US. First, how the PNES patient management in...

Are all patients diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNESs) the same? Patients with PNES and PTSD are looking different.

What unites patients with PNES into a single category? The fact that they have abnormal behaviors and changes in consciousness that resemble an epileptic seizure, but that are in fact non-epileptic as per EEG? However, right about there is where the similarity ends. To bunch all of PNES patients into one bag and hope to treat them without considering intra-group and individual differences makes about as much...

A sad truth: Standard care of psychogenic non epileptic seizures in the US is deficient and how to make this better

There are three major weaknesses in the standard care of PNES: 1) It takes on average 7 years to correctly diagnose the condition; 2) Psychiatry and psychology are woefully ignorant about psychogenic non epileptic seizures (PNES) and unprepared to treat despite PNES being a psychological condition; 3) Although inpatient epilepsy monitoring centers throughout the US evaluate and diagnose up to 20-30% of their...

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