Treating Nonepileptic Seizures: Therapist Guide

Paperback | July 22, 2015

byW. Curt LaFrance, Jeffrey Peter Wincze

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The primary aim of Treating Nonepileptic Seizures: Therapist Guide is to equip physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other practitioners with a validated, step-by-step treatment for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (NES) that can improve the lives of patients with this disablingdisorder. Patients with NES frequently present in neurology, psychiatry, psychology, and emergency departments. The disorder has been documented in the medical literature for centuries, and much is known about the phenomenology, seizure characteristics, psychiatric comorbidities, neuropsychologicaltesting, and psychosocial aspects in NES. However, until recently, much less was known about the effective treatments of patients with psychogenic NES. This intervention provides guidance for clinicians in treating patients with NES and is designed to be used in conjunction with the patient workbook, Taking Control of Your Seizures. Session by session, the Workbook facilitates communication between treatment providers and individual patients withseizures. The authors' clinical experience with epilepsy and NES and research in developing the treatment approach for seizures directly informed the treatment model described. Many patients treated with the intervention have demonstrated improvements in seizures, symptoms, and quality oflife.

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The primary aim of Treating Nonepileptic Seizures: Therapist Guide is to equip physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other practitioners with a validated, step-by-step treatment for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (NES) that can improve the lives of patients with this disablingdisorder. Patients with NES frequently prese...

W. Curt LaFrance Jr., MD, MPH, is Director of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Alpert Medical School, Brown University. He is the neuropsychiatrist for the RIH Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and a faculty member of the Brown Institute for Brai...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:July 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199307172

ISBN - 13:9780199307173

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Information for Therapists2. Introduction Session: Understanding Seizures3. Making the Decision to Begin the Process of Taking Control4. Getting Support5. Deciding About Your Drug Therapy6. Learning to Observe Your Triggers7. Channeling Negative Emotions into Productive Outle8. Relaxation Training9. Identifying Your Pre-seizure Aura10. Dealing with External Life Stresses11. Dealing with Internal Issues and Conflicts12. Enhancing Personal Wellness: Learning to Reduce Tensions13. Other Symptoms Associated with Seizures14. Taking Control: An On-Going Process15. Prognosis (patient outcomes)16. When a Patient Has a Seizure in the Office17. Workbook AppendicesReferencesAbout the Authors