pseudoseizure

hys·ter·ic con·vul·sion

, hysteroid convulsion
convulsions resulting from conversion disorder (for which hysteria is an older form). See: psychogenic seizure. Compare: somatoform disorder.

pseudoseizure

/pseu·do·sei·zure/ (-se´zhur) an attack resembling an epileptic seizure but having purely psychological causes, lacking the electroencephalographic changes of epilepsy, and sometimes able to be stopped by an act of will.

pseudoseizure

(sood?o-se'zhur) [ pseudo- + seizure]
A series of movements or behaviors that resemble a seizure but are not caused by abnormal electrical brain activity. Some are simulated for secondary gain, and some by psychological causes; they can be stopped by an act of will. Synonym: nonepileptic attack disorder; psychogenic nonepileptic seizure
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Psychodynamics and psychiatric diagnoses of pseudoseizure subjects.
In this case study, we consider an individual, Theresa, who experienced distressing pseudoseizure episodes.
R experienced a "seizure-like spell" characterized by gross non-stereotyped jerking of the upper extremities, intact orientation, retention of bowel and bladder function, and coherent speech consistent with a diagnosis of pseudoseizure.
Dissociation, hypnotizability, coping styles and health locus of control: characteristics of pseudoseizure patients.
Induction of pseudoseizure with intravenous saline placebo.
33) Additionally, any other existing condition or disorder may be identified as one without demonstrable physical cause by the "pseudo" prefix, as in pseudoseizure.
As an example, Kuyk, van Dyck and Spinhoven (1996) and Bowman and Markand (1996) have documented that more than 60% of pseudoseizure patients present a dissociative disorder.
Dissociation and childhood abuse history in epileptic and pseudoseizure patients.
If it is a pseudoseizure, no changes will be observed in the EEG, and the spell will not be consistent with the types of seizures that can occur without EEG changes.
Pseudoseizures may represent a dissociative coping mechanism in which anxiety is reduced by the appearance of the pseudoseizure.
Psychodinamics and psychiatric diagnoses of pseudoseizure subjects.