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Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Nov;13(4):624-9. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.06.013. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Group therapy for patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: a pilot study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. jbarry@stanford.edu

Abstract

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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