Special Interest Groups
Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures SIG | One Disorder or Distinct Subgroups That Just Happen to Have Seizures?
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are paroxysmal behavioral changes that resemble epileptic seizures but are not associated with electrophysiological epileptic changes. Rather, they are produced by psychopathological processes. This year’s SIG will tackle the critical question of the nature of PNES: Is the symptomatology of PNES a unified psychopathological syndrome that can be condensed into one category, or are those with PNES a heterogeneous group with a series of personality profiles and comorbidities that represent distinct subgroups? The answer to this question is consequential with regards to clinical decisions and possibly treatment response and outcomes. Two renowned experts will engage in a lively debate over this theoretical and philosophical question. Dr. LaFrance will present the “homogeneous position” and Dr. Reuber will present the “heterogeneous position.”
Coordinators: Lorna Myers, PhD, and Julia Doss, PsyD
Speakers: Markus Reuber, MD, PhD, FRCP, and W. Curt LaFrance, Jr., MD