COgnitive Behavioural Therapy for Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Seizures

A Randomised Controlled Trial

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What should I do about my anti-epileptic drugs?


Some people with dissociative seizures (about 10-15%) also have a history of epilepsy. If you are one of them you may need to carry on taking these drugs.


Your doctor will tell you if this applies to you.  But most people who have dissociative seizures have never had epilepsy and don’t need to take anti-epileptic medication.


If you come off anti-epileptic medication you should find that your condition improves and you feel more alert.  


You need to come off it gradually, though, as suddenly stopping your drugs could trigger withdrawal symptoms.


We understand that coming off these drugs can be a worrying time for you because you may have thought the drugs were helping.


Your doctor will advise you about this and how to gradually come off the drugs.

Dissociative Seizures

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Dissociative Seizures