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Explaining dissociative seizures: a neuropsychological perspective
  1. Claire Rockliffe-Fidler1,
  2. Mark Willis2
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Psychology, North Monmouthshire CMHT, Maindiff Court Hospital, Abergavenny, UK
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claire Rockliffe-Fidler, Department of Clinical Psychology, North Monmouthshire CMHT, Maindiff Court Hospital, Abergavenny NP7 8NF, UK; Claire.Rockliffe-Fidler2{at}wales.nhs.uk

Abstract

Dissociative seizures are common in routine neurological practice and cause considerable morbidity. However, explaining such episodes to patients is rarely straightforward. Taking a neuropsychological perspective, we present a strategy for communicating this diagnosis to both patients and families.

  • dissociative seizures
  • non-epileptic seizures
  • neuropsychology

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Footnotes

  • Contributors Both authors wrote and edited the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Jon Stone, Edinburgh, UK.

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