Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures

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Submitted by Linda McGlone

are ‘sudden, involuntary changes in behaviour, sensation, motor activity or autonomic function (blood pressure, heart rate) linked to psychological or social distress.’ These events look like epileptic seizures, but are not caused by abnormal electrical discharges. They are often triggered by an emotional or psychological cause rather than a physiological one and can be seen in people with or without epilepsy.