Group therapy for patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: A pilot study

ArticleinEpilepsy & Behavior 13(4):624-9 · August 2008with3 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.26 · DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.06.013 · Source: PubMed


    Great advances have been made in the diagnosis of people with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) since the advent of video/EEG monitoring. However, treatment options for this population have lagged significantly. This pilot study was undertaken to evaluate whether group therapy done with a psychodynamic focus would offer a useful intervention. Twelve patients entered the study and seven completed at least 75% of the 32 weekly sessions. The Beck Depression Inventory and the Global Severity Index of the Symptom Checklist-90 showed improvement as well as an overall decrease in PNES frequency. The data suggest that group therapy focusing on interpersonal issues may benefit patients with PNES.