Narrative analysis of written accounts about living with epileptic or psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain characterised by abnormal neuronal activity [1]. Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are episodes of impaired self-control, which superficially resemble epileptic seizures. However, most PNES are considered as a dissociative psychological response to aversive stimuli [2]. Epilepsy and PNES are two of the three most common reasons why patients present with transient loss of consciousness [3].