Nonepileptic Seizures

Nonepileptic seizures can look just like epilepsy or seizures. They can even occur in people who also have a seizure disorder. The difference is that there is no brain wave abnormalities during a nonepileptic seizure. Even though nonepileptic seizures originate in the mind, they are real to the person having the episode. They can be frightening and cause the patient to feel out of control.

Nonepileptic seizures happen most often in women. They are often caused by an emotional crisis or other stresses. A diagnosis may require an EEG test. Treatment can include both medications and counseling. Call your caregiver as directed to arrange for further evaluation and proper treatment. Do not drive, ride a bike, or operate dangerous equipment until your caregiver says it is safe.