Emotion and dissociative seizures: a phenomenological analysis of patients' perspectives

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Abstract

Quantitative research has indicated that patients with dissociative seizures (DS) show altered responses to emotional stimuli, in addition to considerable emotional distress and dysregulation. The present study sought to further explore emotional processes in this population, to extend previous findings and provide a phenomenological insight into patients’ perspectives on these issues. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 15 patients with DS and the principles of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) were adopted in data analysis. Key themes elicited included: i) general emotional functioning; ii) adverse (stressful/traumatic) life experiences; iii) the role of emotions in DS; (iv) relating to others; and v) resilience, protective factors and coping mechanisms. The clinical and theoretical implications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Volume56
Early online date19 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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