COgnitive Behavioural Therapy for Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Seizures

A Randomised Controlled Trial

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What happens when someone is having a Dissociative Seizure?


What happens during a dissociative seizure varies greatly from one person to another.


Some people lose awareness during the attack; others remain aware but may be unable to respond normally to those around them.  


Some people fall to the ground and their arms or legs may shake, which is why the attacks can look so similar to an epileptic seizure.


Some people with dissociative seizures just stare or lie still. Their breathing may change and they might lose bladder control, bite their tongue or hurt themselves.  


The seizures may go on for some time and can be quite frightening to watch.


It’s not difficult to see why may people with dissociative seizures are diagnosed with epilepsy; the attacks do often look just like an epileptic seizure.


Dissociative Seizures

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Dissociative Seizures