Epileptic and Non-Epileptic attacks

Psychogenic Non Epileptic Seizures Information

Epileptic attacks and non-epileptic attacks, what's the difference?

An epileptic attack is:

• A sudden, involuntary, and usually short change in behavior, movement, sensation, and/or consciousness (alertness).

• An abnormal electrical pattern is set off in the brain as seen by an EEG at the same time.

A non-epileptic attack is:

• An event that may look similar to what is described above (epileptic attack), but it happens
without the abnormal electrical changes that happen during epileptic attacks.

To an observer, a non-epileptic attack might look just like an epileptic attack, but if you were to connect an EEG to record electrical activity in the brain during the event, you would see no abnormal electrical activity.