What is it?

Pseudoseizures, or psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), are seizures that do not involve changes in brain activities. These seizures are probably caused by some psychological causes. PNES looks like epilepsy but the causes for the disorders are completely different. The term pseudoseizure is not used anymore because "pseudo" implies that the person is pretending to have a seizure, which is not true. Underlying conditions may include mood disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, PTSD, anxiety, a history of sexual or physical abuse, family conflict or stress, previous traumatic brain injury, attention deficits, substance use and behavioral disturbances.

670 Alikes with Psychogenic non epileptic seizure

Learn from others
who are experiencing
Psychogenic non epileptic seizure.

Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Non convulsive seizures
- Pseudoseizures

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of nonepileptic seizures may include suddenly becoming unresponsive, changes in consciousness, shaking movements, pelvic thrusting, moving the head from side to side, eyes closing, closing the mouth,and staring spells.


Diagnosis of PNES is usually done by ruling out epilepsy (normal EEG, not responding to antiepileptic treatment). Filming the seizures could help the diagnosis. Then, mental health care professionals will finally give the diagnosis.


Treatment includes therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy and treatment of the underlying cause with therapy or medical treatment.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

Learn more about our editorial process for content accuracy.

Alike Wisdom

Instantly get answers to medical questions with our AI, built from the collective wisdom of our community facing similar experiences

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Find people who are
experiencing a similar
medical reality

100% Free