Coping skills lacking in patients with psychogenic seizures

US researchers assessed stressors reported by 60 patients who had psychogenic seizures or epileptic seizures against those of 40 healthy controls.

Each group recorded a similar number of stressful events but the pseudo-seizure group – who had episodes of altered movement and experience mimicking epileptic seizures but with no abnormal brain activity – recorded higher distress. And these individuals were less likely to plan a course of action to counter stress. 

Such cases were rising, with one-third of inpatients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital epilepsy monitoring unit having