The Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG) Offers Its Third Annual Conference on Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) on October 29, 2016

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This event is part of the ongoing Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) Awareness Campaign NEREG is holding in New York and New Jersey to promote education and visibility for this critical health condition

Lorna Myers, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist

Psychogenic seizures are a serious psychological disorder that can take up to 7 years to correctly diagnose and which unfortunately often go untreated despite there being treatments available.

Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES), also known as non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) is a psychological disorder that can have devastating effects on those who develop it. Patients suffer seizures that look very much like epileptic seizures however, these are not produced by electrical anomalies in the brain but rather by overwhelming emotional triggers and a history of psychological trauma. It is estimated that the numbers of persons suffering PNES may be greater than those affected by multiple sclerosis but the disorder is essentially unknown.

Dr. Lorna Myers, Director of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group’s Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures Diagnostic and Treatment Program and clinical psychologist, commented: “PNES is a serious psychological disorder that can take up to 7 years to correctly diagnose and which remains sorely undertreated." This year we are proud to offer our third educational program on PNES. Our goal is to bring the condition out of the shadows educating doctors, patients, caregivers and the general public. We are very happy to have invited speaker, Dr. Rochelle Caplan of UCLA join us presenting on the tremendously important topic of PNES in children. We have been steadily working to improve public awareness on PNES through the publication of my book “Psychogenic non-epileptic Seizures: A Guide” available on Amazon, a patient testimonial book “In our own words: Stories of those living with, learning from, and overcoming the challenges of PNES,” a monthly blog (http://blog.nonepilepticseizures.com/) and now this all-day educational program."

This educational program is meant for patients, loved ones and health professionals alike. It is free of charge. Specialists who work with PNES including epileptologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists will be speaking on new advances in diagnosis and treatment of PNES.

The conference is taking place on October 29 from 8-3PM at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, 1 International Blvd Mahwah, NJ 07495 To register: http://epilepsygroup.com/news_patients_providers6-20-2-254/annual-northeast-regional-epilepsy-group-conference.htm

Launched in 1998, NEREG is a multi-site practice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that offers unique services and comprehensive care to children and adults with epilepsy. NEREG provides state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures, 24/7 patient service, highly skilled and experienced practitioners, and exceptional specialty programs designed to cover a broad range of health care needs in each epilepsy and seizure patient. NEREG consists of sixteen board-certified epilepsy specialists with fellowship training in adult and childhood epilepsy, as well as many other highly skilled health care providers including pediatric/adult neurosurgeons, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, epilepsy nurse practitioners, and a specially trained nutritionist.

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