Clinical Practice Tools
PNES Clinician Information Sheet (2016)
Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) are episodic changes in behavior that resemble epileptic seizures but are not associated with abnormal brain electrical discharges. PNES are associated with underlying psychological stressors and are classified as a conversion disorder.
This printable PDF provides information and guidance on diagnosis, risk factors, treatment, and management of PNES.
Cognitive Behavior Tools
This tool gives providers discussion guides for cognitive and behavioral effects of epilepsy in:
Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Epilepsy Care
These tools support the care of adolescent epilepsy patients and are intended for clinicians to use in developing and implementing a process for the successful transition of an adolescent with epilepsy into adult epilepsy care.
The goal of the transition is to involve the adult epilepsy provider who will eventually assume sole care of the patient. Overlapping involvement by both the pediatric and adult providers is paramount for a successful transition and communication between the providers and the patient care team is essential. These tools serve as an outline to assist in accomplishing this goal and are excerpted from Epilepsy Currents.
FAQs for Epilepsy Monitoring Units (Reviewed 2013)
This resource features common questions asked by patients, referring clinicians, and family members about the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
Mental Health Resources for Clinicians
These references were developed by the AES Psychosocial Comorbidities and Interprofessional Care Committees to promote screening and education to address mental health symptoms in people with epilepsy. They were created for clinicians as accessible resources for addressing the mental health of epilepsy patients during routine visits.
The following information sheets are brief reference documents outlining the features, causes, diagnosis, and treatment approach for anxiety disorders in people with epilepsy. Separate pediatric and adult handouts are available, outlining age-appropriate features and approaches.
These information sheets were created as a quick reference for clinicians and cover facets of depression, epidemiology, diagnostic considerations, treatments, and resources for people with epilepsy.
PNES for Mental Health Professionals
This information sheet is intended to educate mental health providers on the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of PNES. Tips for managing PNES episodes in a mental health office and in daily life are provided, along with additional resources.
It may be beneficial for epilepsy clinicians to share this document with mental health providers upon referral for PNES treatment.
Screening for Psychosocial Comorbidities
These documents contain quick screening questions for use in routine clinic visits to assess cognition, social problems, and mental health. Suggestions for further screening or next steps accompany each question.
Disclaimer: AES is providing this information without representations or warranties of any kind and for information only. The information is not intended to suggest how a specific patient should receive medical treatment. Determination of whether and/or how to use all or any portion of this information is to be made at your sole and absolute discretion. No part of this information constitutes medical advice. As a clinician, your knowledge of the individual patient and judgment about what is appropriate and helpful to that individual should be used in making clinical decisions.