Anxiety as a differential factor in epileptic versus psychogenic pseudoepileptic seizures

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Anxiety may be a hypothetical factor responsible for psychogenic pseudoepileptic seizures. The purpose of this study was to analyse anxiety indexes manifested in the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Patients were divided into three groups on the basis of a neurological examination and long-term video-monitoring. Group One (N=70; 58 F, 12 M) had only psychogenic pseudoepileptic seizures. Group Two (N=40; 31 F, 9 M) had both epileptic seizures and psychogenic pseudoepileptic seizures. Group Three (N=42; 30 F, 12 M) had only epileptic seizures and served as the control group. Patients with psychogenic pseudoepileptic seizures, alone or in combination with epileptic seizures scored significantly higher than the epileptic group on the following anxiety measures: Anxiety Sign (Gough) - AxS - (P

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  • Anxiety
  • EEG recording
  • Epilepsy
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
  • Psychogenic pseudoepileptic seizures
  • Video

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  • Krzysztof Owczarek

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