Category: "PNES"

How a psychologist supports a unique patient population in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

How a psychologist supports a unique patient population in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Dr. Sarah Vernon-Scott, Psychologist in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) in Clinical Neurosciences at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), works with a variety of neurology patients, including individuals diagnosed with Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES). “PNES are events that look like epileptic seizures, but there is none of the correlated brain activity that is seen in […]

Functional Seizure Patients Face Surprisingly High Mortality

Functional Seizure Patients Face Surprisingly High Mortality

The death rate for patients with functional, nonepileptic seizures is higher than expected, with a rate comparable to epilepsy and severe mental illness, a Michigan Medicine-led study finds. A team of researchers reviewed data from 700 patients who were diagnosed with functional seizures, also called psychogenic or nonepileptic seizures, between 2014 and mid-2023 and followed […]

Daniel Freedman: Advancing Care for a Widely Misunderstood Condition

Daniel Freedman: Advancing Care for a Widely Misunderstood Condition

Daniel Freedman, D.O., knows that not everything is what it seems — especially when it comes to seizures. Psychogenic nonepileptic events look like epileptic seizures but are not, making them highly misunderstood by patients, families and physicians alike.   Freedman, a child neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at Dell Medical School, co-developed the Psychogenic Nonepileptic […]

Seizure Latency May Help Differentiate Epileptic vs Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures

Seizure Latency May Help Differentiate Epileptic vs Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures

Patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) experienced seizures significantly earlier than patients with epileptic seizures (ES), suggesting that seizure latency may help physicians differentiate between the seizure types. Findings from the retrospective study were published in the journal Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria PNES and ES have similarities that can make it difficult to differentiate between them, and long-term video-electroencephalographic […]

Caregiving in functional seizures: “Isolated, alone, helpless”

Caregiving in functional seizures: “Isolated, alone, helpless”

Shannon Guinard had finally booked an appointment with Johns Hopkins Medicine, and she wasn’t going to let it go to waste. Her husband, Eric, had been having seizures for about 16 years, but no one had been able to provide a diagnosis. Guinard believed his seizures were triggered by stress and was often frustrated during […]

Stress-Induced Seizures – Why Should We Be Careful About Our Stress Level?

Stress-Induced Seizures – Why Should We Be Careful About Our Stress Level?

Stress impacts us differently, and one way it does it so is through stress-induced seizures. What impact does stress have on you? Some of us have trouble falling asleep. Some people may experience frequent tension. Moreover, stress-induced seizures become a serious problem for people with epilepsy. According to surveys, stress is the second most common […]

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