Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures
It is estimated that PNES are diagnosed in 20 to 30% of patients seen at epilepsy centers for intractable seizures, yet many healthcare professionals have never even heard of it.
PNES can be a confusing diagnosis to receive, which is often made worse by a vague referral to a mental healthcare provider, with little or no explanation. The most common question we are asked by new clients experiencing PNES is, "Does this mean I'm crazy?" The answer is NO, you are not!
PNES are behavioral events that resemble epileptic seizures, but are not caused by electrical disruptions in the brain. For many of our clients, the seizures are part of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PNES can be thought of as a type of coping mechanism for overwhelming mental stress, either in a person's current life or in their history. These psychological conflicts are translated into a physical symptom -- the seizure. The seizures are not intentional, but rather occur as a part of the brain's psychological defense mechanisms to keep internal stress out of conscious awareness.
This is great news! It means that if you have been diagnosed with PNES, this is not a condition that you have to live with for the rest of your life. Resolving the trauma and calming the nervous system can put you back in control.
Contact our office today to learn more.