COgnitive Behavioural Therapy for Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Seizures

A Randomised Controlled Trial

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What things happen over time to make seizures worse?


It may never be possible to say why someone has dissociative seizures, but once they start, many things can happen to make them worse. For most people, simply worrying about the seizures can actually make them a lot worse.  A kind of “vicious circle” sets in where worry about the seizures means they happen more often, leading to more worry and more seizures:

Dissociative Seizures

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Dissociative Seizures


It’s common for people to become more and more restricted by their seizures over time. For some people the seizures eventually become so disabling that they dare not leave their home at all. We know that the more life becomes restricted in this way, the more distressed the person and their family become.


Over time, the things that bring seizures on may change.  Eventually the seizures can become a sort of “reflex” or "habit".  They can be very difficult to stop without help - but understanding how seizures happen and what makes them worse can be enough to start your recovery.