Non-epileptic Seizures


What is a non-epileptic seizure? Non-epileptic seizure (NES) is a short period of symptoms that change how you move, think, or feel. NES looks like an epileptic seizure, but there are no electrical changes in the brain. NES is a serious condition. Early diagnosis and treatment are needed to prevent further problems.

What causes a non-epileptic seizure? NES is more common in women and in people who are between 15 and 35 years old. It is caused by the body's reaction to severe mental stress. Common triggers are depression, hallucinations, mild head injuries, and sexual or physical abuse.

What are the signs and symptoms of a non-epileptic seizure?

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What are the risks of a non-epileptic seizure? Medicines may cause dry mouth, fast heartbeat, constipation, sleepiness, or weight gain. Untreated NES may become a long-term condition that prevents you from having a normal life. Your health, quality of life, and ability to function may greatly change. NES treatment is more difficult if these problems are present.

When should I contact my healthcare provider? Contact your healthcare provider if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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