Treating Nonepileptic Seizures: Therapist Guide by W. Curt LaFrance, Jeffrey Peter Wincze

By W. Curt LaFrance, Jeffrey Peter Wincze

The first target of Treating Nonepileptic Seizures: Therapist Guide is to equip physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and different practitioners with a confirmed, step by step therapy for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (NES) which can enhance the lives of sufferers with this disabling sickness. sufferers with NES often found in neurology, psychiatry, psychology, and emergency departments. The illness has been documented within the clinical literature for hundreds of years, and masses is understood concerning the phenomenology, seizure features, psychiatric comorbidities, neuropsychological trying out, and psychosocial features in NES. despite the fact that, until eventually lately, less was once recognized in regards to the potent remedies of sufferers with psychogenic NES.

This intervention offers tips for clinicians in treating sufferers with NES and is designed for use along with the sufferer workbook, Taking regulate of Your Seizures. consultation by means of consultation, the Workbook enables communique among remedy services and person sufferers with seizures. The authors' medical adventure with epilepsy and NES and study in constructing the therapy process for seizures without delay trained the therapy version defined. Many sufferers taken care of with the intervention have verified advancements in seizures, indicators, and caliber of existence.

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Again, consult anyone who witnessed the seizure for assistance in describing what happened to you when you had the seizure. n Location(s): Record where you were when the seizure occurred. Be as specific as you can. n Severity (1: mild, 2: moderate, 3: severe): Use the numbers for the following terms (mild, moderate, severe) to rate the severity of the seizure. n Trigger(s): Record what occurred right before your seizure. Any action, emotion, thought, or experience can be listed as a trigger. Be as specific as possible.

He got a job as a volunteer and started taking classes at a local college. He continued to have seizures, but less often. Then he decided not to let his seizures prevent him from having an active social life. He began to go out with friends he met at college and developed a close relationship with a girlfriend. He found her to be understanding and supportive when he discussed his seizures. Despite the fact that his seizures continued, he had become so competent at his volunteer job that he was offered a paying job at the same office where he had been a volunteer.

She had had partial-complex seizures from early childhood. Her generalized, or “grand-mal,” seizures were controlled with two anticonvulsant medications, but she continued to have up to 12 complex partial seizures every day. At school she stayed to herself and felt odd and left out. At home she spent most of her time acting angry and surly with her father. She made it clear that she was very unhappy—and in her mind, her seizures and her father were to blame. At her physician's suggestion, Maggie started to work with a seizure counselor.

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