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Non-epileptic events

There are many events that mimic seizures and they can be a major reason epilepsy is misdiagnosed.
A seizure is usually defined as a transient occurrence of signs and symptoms due to abnormal excessive neuronal activity within the brain.
Non-epileptic events are a physical symptom of psychological disturbance and are usually involuntary. They can be triggered by an emotional or psychological cause rather a neurological cause and can be apparent in people with or without epilepsy.

These events have been called many things, such as pseudo seizures, non epileptic attack disorder, psychogenic seizures and non epileptic events.

The following pages give clearer descriptions of these events.

Non-epileptic paroxysmal events
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures