Pseudoseizures and dissociative disorders: A common mechanism involving traumatic experiences

Cynthia L. Harden

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Abstract

Patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (pseudoseizures) have been diagnosed as having conversion disorder or dissociative disorder. Pseudoseizure patients frequently report a history of physical and sexual abuse, and traumatic experience is considered part of the mechanism for producing dissociation. Pseudoseizures may be a manifestation of dissociative disorder, especially when a history of sexual or physical abuse is documented. A common mechanism involving traumatic experience may be present in both pseudoseizures and dissociative disorders. A complete neurodiagnostic evaluation along with an awareness of this relationship is needed to provide appropriate care for this patient population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
JournalSeizure
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dissociative disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Pseudoseizures

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