Date & Time
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
332 Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures: What Are They and How Do We Manage Them?

This presentation will review the historical concept of pseudoseizures and their connotations in the institutional environment. It will review recent research and the emergence of our understanding of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures as nonfeigned seizures that are distinct from malingering. It will then outline the steps in an appropriate diagnostic process when psychogenic seizures may be present, as well as appropriate interventions for those determined to be experiencing pseudoseizures.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and differentiate among the terms pseudoseizures, PNES, malingering, and factitious disorder
  • Articulate strategies for working with multidisciplinary team to create and implement treatment plans for PNES
  • Summarize talking points for educating patients, custody and medical staff, and families



Mental Health