The treatment of nonepileptic seizures: historical perspectives and future directions

Epilepsia. 2004;45 Suppl 2:15-21. doi: 10.1111/j.0013-9580.2004.452002.x.

Abstract

Nonepileptic seizures (NES) are neuropsychiatric disorders presenting with a combination of neurologic signs and underlying psychological conflicts. For more than a century, the medical community has accumulated data and insights about the phenomenology, epidemiology, risks, comorbidities, and prognosis of NES. However, we have not progressed much beyond anecdotal reports of treatments for NES, and no randomized, controlled trials of treatment for the disorder have been conducted. We review the diagnosis and treatment of NES and suggest directions for future research in these areas.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / history
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy / history
  • Combined Modality Therapy / methods
  • Combined Modality Therapy / trends
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
  • Conversion Disorder / drug therapy
  • Conversion Disorder / therapy
  • Forecasting
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Psychotherapy / history
  • Psychotherapy / trends
  • Seizures / diagnosis
  • Seizures / history*
  • Seizures / therapy*
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Somatoform Disorders / drug therapy
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome

Substances

  • Anticonvulsants