Group therapy for patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: A pilot study 58th Annual Meeting of the American-Epilepsy-Society Barry, J. J., Wittenberg, D., Bullock, K. D., Michaels, J. B., Classen, C. C., Fisher, R. S. ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE. 2008: 624–29


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.

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