The perceived health status of people with psychologically derived non-epileptic attact disorder and epilepsy: A comparative study

Suad M. Al Marzooqi, Gus A. Baker, James Reilly, Peter Salmon

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Abstract

While a wealth of literature describes the short and longer term impact of living with epilepsy, there is, in contrast, very little information about the impact of psychologically derived non-epileptic attack disorder (PNEAD). In the absence of any physical disease, some clinicians may assume that this group requires little help. However, evidence suggests that there maybe a significant impact. Therefore, this study has set out to document the effects on perceived health status of PNEAD. We compared 97 people with PNEAD with a sample, case matched for age and gender, of 97 people who had been previously diagnosed with epilepsy. A questionnaire was administered to both groups requesting information about their perceived overall health (SF-36) and their clinical and demographic status. PNEAD patients described a significantly poorer profile of perceived health compared with the epilepsy group. People with PNEAD have substantially impaired perceived health status, to the extent of feeling in poorer health than people with organically explained epilepsy. Clinical interventions are necessary that can improve their perceived health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalSeizure
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Health-status
  • Non-epileptic attact disorder
  • Non-epileptic seizures
  • Pseudoseizures
  • Psychologically derived non-epileptic attact disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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