Pseudoseizures: a question and an answer

2010/04/15 at 3:17am

I’m writing because I am feeling desperate. I have been in therapy for 10 years, only five of which I have been treated for pseudo seizures. I am on anti-depressants, which usually make my life quite manageable. My seizures, depression, and anxiety are incredibly exacerbated before my period, often leaving me unable to work, go to school, or function in society. I feel I have tried everything. Are there any doctors, therapists, or other groups doing research on this problem? If the seizures don’t originate in the brain, where the heck are they coming from? How can our brain waves be calm while our bodies are seizing? If therapy doesn’t seem to be solving the problem, what then?

Also, how common is this problem? I am so embarrased by it, I feel like I should be able to control it and it is my fault that I can’t. I feel so alone. Are there any others out there like me?
Ms. Psuedo Seizure.


Dear Ms. Pseudoseizure,
thank you for writing in to me. I have to admit your name (Ms. Pseudo seizure herself) grabbed my attention. Your struggle with this condition and your plea for help is heartrending. What follows is a detailed description of pseudoseizures. I hope this shall help answer some of your questions. My very best to you.Personal Regards,
Nitin Sethi, MD

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