Evoked and psychogenic epileptic seizures: II. Inhibition

Acta Neurol Scand. 1989 Dec;80(6):541-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.1989.tb03924.x.


The inhibition of seizure activity by behavioural methods is becoming more popular. Lockhart's monkey model of focal epilepsy suggests a theoretical approach to behavioural seizure inhibition. Behaviour, by changing the pattern of excitation and inhibition surrounding a focus, is thus able to inhibit seizure activity. This article describes single case studies in which the behavioural methods of cued arousal, covert desensitization and relaxation have brought about a decrease in seizure frequency.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology
  • Epilepsy / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans