Pseudo seizures

A seizure is when a person’s body shakes uncontrollably due to muscles repeatedly contracting and relaxing. Seizures are many times caused by epilepsy, but there are types not associated with the disease. One type not caused by epilepsy is pseudoseizures – also known as psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) or non-epileptic attack disorders (NEAD).

Pseudoseizures are psychological in nature. They are not caused by abnormal brain activity like epileptic seizures.

Symptoms that accompany pseudoseizures

  • Brief sudden blackout
  • Confusion
  • Change in mood or behavior
  • Muscle spasms
  • Drooling or frothing at the mouth
  • Eye movement
  • Grunting
  • Snorting
  • Clenching teeth

Cause of pseudoseizures

A pseudoseizure is caused by severe trauma or stress most of the time. Pseudoseizures may affect people of different ages, but they are more common in teens and young adults, especially females.


Patients may respond to psychotherapy, which is the most frequent treatment used for this condition. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants may been prescribed for patients with this disorder.

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