Some patients exhibit behaviors that at first glance appear to be seizure related. However, there can be other causes and driving factors that result in these real symptoms and behaviors. Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) can be easily misdiagnosed and are often misunderstood and therefore treated incorrectly.

Dr. Selim Benbadis, Director of the University of South Florida /Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program reviews current approaches to assessing patients experiencing “seizures” that are not generated from electrical activity in the brain and addresses several questions:

  • What is the incidence rate and when to suspect PNES?
  • What are the symptoms and how to diagnose PNES?
  • What are treatment options for PNES?