COgnitive Behavioural Therapy for Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Seizures

A Randomised Controlled Trial

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Info on Dissociative

Seizures - pdf

What treatments are there for Dissociative Seizures?


We know that understanding and accepting the diagnosis of dissociative seizures helps many people recover from the condition.


Coming off unnecessary and potentially harmful anti-epileptic drugs can also help.


A neurologist is well placed to give the diagnosis and initial information. But a neurologist may not be the best person to help you learn more about your attacks and how you might start to overcome them.


For this reason, most people with dissociative seizures are referred on to a psychiatrist or psychologist for further treatment.


Many people referred to a psychiatrist wonder if this means the doctor thinks they are “making it all up” or have “gone crazy”. This is not the case.


Psychiatrists can be helpful because they:


  • may have experience assessing and treating dissociative seizures

  • can spend longer talking with you about the diagnosis

  • can look sensitively into psychological factors that are often important for understanding dissociative seizures

  • can help look at things that might be making the seizures worse


Some health professionals think that specific “talking treatments” such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may help but we still need to do research to find out whether these treatments really do work.

Dissociative Seizures

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Dissociative Seizures