Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: Fifth Annual conference held in New Jersey in 2018

This past Saturday, we held a historic annual conference on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)! Historic, for many reasons, one of which is because it was the FIFTH year running that we have hosted this meeting. And as we have now become accustomed, it was successful on many, many levels and left us all feeling energized. There were two especially novel and exciting changes this year. We heard and responded...

Drumroll…. Fifth Annual Conference on Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) will be taking place this October!

Five years ago, at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, we took a leap into the unknown and organized our first ever PNES conference for patient and caregivers. Just days before the conference was to take place, we were understandably nervous.  We wondered if anyone would even show up, if there was any interest in the topic, and if this would be the first and last PNES conference. Fast forward now to five years...

Fourth annual psychogenic non-epileptic seizures conference in New Jersey

This year we had the pleasure of holding what has now become a tradition: our annual conference on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)—our fourth annual conference! Some things were new this year though. To begin with, we moved our conference location from Mahwah, NJ to Morristown, NJ, where the Morristown Medical Center generously offered to host our event.  Different than other years, we were not in...

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...

Talking about Psychogenic Non Epileptic Seizures in Colombia (South America)

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of being invited to Colombia with two of my colleagues from the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group to the XVth National Epilepsy Congress. I was asked to speak about psychogenic non –epileptic seizures and in today’s blog I would like to share the experience with you. The congress was held in coffee farming land in Colombia-the land of Juan Valdez. The countryside is...