In February of this year, a study on psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNESs) – conducted by clinical psychologists Dr Lian Dimaro, Dr David Dawson and Dr Nima Moghaddam (in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, and Arizona State University) – was published in Epilepsy & Behavior. Unlike epileptic seizures, PNESs are thought to arise from complex psychological processes. Thus, in an attempt to understand PNES further, the study examined whether explicit and implicit anxiety was associated with seizure frequency and experiential avoidance in PNES sufferers (relative to epileptic seizure sufferers and controls). The findings offer insights into the aetiology of PNES and provide important implications for clinical practice. As such, the study has received growing interest and impressive coverage via websites such as Reddit, Sciencedaily, Sciencecodex, and epilepsyresearch.

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