Written accounts of living with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: A thematic analysis

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Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are one of the most important differential diagnoses of epilepsy. PNES superficially resemble epileptic seizures, but are not associated with epileptiform activity. Instead, PNES are considered to have a psychological basis and can be best understood as a dissociative response to distressing stimuli [1,2]. Approximately one in five patients referred to epilepsy clinics will have PNES [3,4].

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