Psychological Non Epileptic Seizures
Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group

Psychogenic, pseudo, psychological: why does PNES have so many names?

Does it matter what we call PNES? In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette, she said: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet… Similarly, as kids we were taught: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. What do these two statements mean?  That what you are is what matters, not what you are called, that words are not powerful.  But actually,...