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Psychological and Demographic Characteristics of 368 Patients with Dissociative Seizures: Data from the CODES Cohort

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Laura Goldstein, Emily J. Robinson, John Mellers, Jon Stone, Alan Carson, Trudie Chalder, Markus Reuber, Carole Eastwood, Sabine Landau, Paul McCrone, Michele Moore, Iris Mosweu, Joanna Murray, Iain Perdue, Izabela Pilecka, Mark Richardson, Nick Medford

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychological Medicine
Early online date11 May 2020
Accepted/In press31 Mar 2020
E-pub ahead of print11 May 2020


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Background We examined demographic, clinical, and psychological characteristics of a large cohort (n = 368) of adults with dissociative seizures (DS) recruited to the CODES randomised controlled trial (RCT) and explored differences associated with age at onset of DS, gender, and DS semiology.MethodsPrior to randomisation within the CODES RCT, we collected demographic and clinical data on 368 participants. We assessed psychiatric comorbidity using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.) and a screening measure of personality disorder and measured anxiety, depression, psychological distress, somatic symptom burden, emotional expression, functional impact of DS, avoidance behaviour, and quality of life. We undertook comparisons based on reported age at DS onset.

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