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Conversion Disorder and Epilepsy…

September 10, 2017
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What is it?

Is it epilepsy or conversion disorder?

The term “conversion” comes from the idea that psychological distress is being converted into a physical symptom.

The cause is not known…


“Pseudo Seizures” AND Epilepsy – Yes You CAN Have BOTH!

May 2, 2016
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Some know it as non-epileptic seizures (NES), psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES), or pseudoseizures. And then there’s epilepsy. Which is what?

What seizures all have in common is that they are usually sudden, short, and cause a change in the person’s awareness of where they are, what they are doing, what they are thinking or what they are feeling.

Some people have more than one type of seizure. For example, around 15 in every 100 people with non-epileptic seizures (NES) also have epilepsy.


Epilepsy Versus “Pseudo-Seizures”

December 27, 2010
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Epilepsy is not a dirty word. Neither is pseudo-seizures. But they both coexist, side by side.

One of the most common complications is the misconception that people who suffer from pseudo-seizures are hypochondriacs, hysterics, or “faking it.” The name for the condition alone, “pseudo-seizures,” perpetuates that misunderstanding.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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