What is another name for a functional attack?
Functional attack are a response to ___ or ___ in a patient's life.
trauma or stress
What are some stresses or trauma which may form the basis for non-epileptic attacks?
Normal, familiar sensations or memories preceding a seizure are a sign of epilepsy - true or false?
Focal sensory epilepsy = non-familiar, abnormal sensations
How are functional attacks investigated?
Extensive history and linguistics analysis
Do anticonvulsants help with functional attacks?
How are functional attacks managed?
Explain, reassure, counsel
Treat psychiatric disorders e.g anxiety or depression
Why should you be cautious with counselling and CBT in patients with historic stress or trauma related experiences?
Reexposure to event too soon does more harm than good
prolonged, uncoordinated, varied movements
if you can't think of a part of the brain which would cause the behaviour, it's not epilepsy