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The attention-emotion relationship in patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: a pilot study
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Fabio Ambrosino, Università degli Studi di Padova, 2014-15
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Medicine
Abstract
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are generally considered as a psychiatric disorder, typically conceptualized as a conversion, dissociative, and/or posttraumatic stress reaction. Some clinical features, such as the dissociative nature of the seizures, the high proportion of reported trauma, and the high rate of comorbidity with affective disorders raise the hypothesis of an unstable and inflexible cognitive-emotional attention system as the core vulnerability factor involved in the development of PNES. Emotional stressors are in fact usually considered as precipitants of PNES, but the etiology of this disorder remains scarcely understood.