What are non-epileptic seizures, and why do people have them?

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2019 Nov 2;80(11):652-657. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2019.80.11.652.


Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (dissociative seizures) are encountered commonly in emergency medicine and in acute medical wards. Although diagnosis is usually deferred to an expert in epilepsy, an understanding of the phenomenon is helpful in acute management of the patient and dealing with associated urgent safeguarding issues. This article describes a simple model of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures that is useful in clinical practice and helpful to staff, patients and their carers.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Prevalence
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Seizures / diagnosis*
  • Seizures / epidemiology
  • Seizures / etiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications
  • Young Adult