Nervous System Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

Seizures and Epilepsy

Nonepileptic Events

Sometimes people appear to have seizures even though their brains show no seizure activity. This type of phenomenon has various names, including nonepileptic events and pseudoseizures. Both of these terms essentially mean something that looks like a seizure but isn't one.
 
Psychogenic Seizures
Nonepileptic events that are psychological in origin may be referred to as psychogenic seizures. Such seizures may indicate:
 
  • Dependence
  • A need for attention
  • Avoidance of stressful situations
  • Specific psychiatric conditions.
     
Some people with epilepsy have psychogenic seizures in addition to their epileptic seizures. Other people who have psychogenic seizures do not have epilepsy at all. Psychogenic seizures cannot be treated in the same way as epileptic seizures. Instead, they are often treated by mental health specialists.
 
Other Nonepileptic Events
Other nonepileptic events may be caused by:
 
Because symptoms of these disorders can look very much like epileptic seizures, they are often mistaken for epilepsy. Distinguishing between true epileptic seizures and nonepileptic events can be difficult and requires a thorough medical assessment, careful monitoring, and knowledgeable health professionals. Improvements in brain scanning and monitoring technology may improve diagnosis of nonepileptic events in the future.
 
Know the Signs - Concussion Safety

Seizure Info

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.