Journal article

Personality profiles differ between patients with epileptic seizures and patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures

Michelle Leong, Albert Wang, David Trainor, Benjamin Johnstone, Genevieve Rayner, Tomas Kalincik, Patrick Kwan, Terence O'Brien, Dennis Velakoulis, Charles Malpas

Published : 2019


Aim: The primary aim of the study was to determine whether patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) have different personality profiles compared to patients with epileptic seizures (ES). The secondary aim was to determine whether any such personality differences could be used to efficiently screen for PNES in clinical settings. Background: PNES and ES are often difficult to differentiate, leading to incorrect or delayed diagnosis. While the current gold-standard investigation is video-EEG monitoring (VEM), it is resource intensive and not universally available. Although some research has investigated the differential psychological profiles of PNES and ES patients, most studie..

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