The contribution of life events to pseudoseizure occurrence in adults

Bull Menninger Clin. Winter 1999;63(1):70-88.


Life events associated with pseudoseizures were studied in 58 adults. Recent precipitants were diverse and triggered affect that was usually related to current life problems or remote trauma. Four patterns of remote and recent events were found, two related to trauma and two to inadequate emotional expression. When evaluating pseudoseizure precipitants, clinicians should consider the meaning of recent events in light of remote trauma, current life context, and dysfunctional familial patterns of handling affect.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
  • Conversion Disorder / psychology*
  • Conversion Disorder / therapy
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Seizures / psychology*