Evaluation of pseudoseizures. A psychiatric perspective.

D Ramchandani
B A Schindler, Dept. of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine


Two subgroups of patients with psychogenic pseudoseizures were identified among 20 neurology patients referred for consultation to rule out pseudoseizures. Patients with pseudo complex partial seizures were found to have primarily dissociative symptoms with guilt-laden bereavement as an important precursor. Patients with pseudo grand mal type seizures appeared to have developed their illness in the context of longstanding personality traits. Diagnostic and prognostic implications of these findings are discussed.