Researchers reduce seizures with cognitive therapy

Dr. W. Curt LaFrance Jr., director of neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, developed a treatment manual for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), adapting techniques used with epileptic patients, over five years to address the core issues with PNES.
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Dr. W. Curt LaFrance Jr., director of neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, developed a treatment manual for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), adapting techniques used with epileptic patients, over five years to address the core issues with PNES. /
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), a disabling condition for which there are few treatments. PNES patients have seizures that look like epilepsy, but are not caused by neurons misfiring in that way. An estimated 20 to…

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