Epilepsy Behav 2021 04 12;117:107852. Epub 2021 Feb 12.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Pontificia University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil; Service of Neurology, Hospital São Lucas, Pontificia University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Objective: We aimed to assess frequency of functional seizures or psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) during the COVID-19 outbreak and to recognize possible factors associated with worsening in this population.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study conducted during the second phase of the pandemic, adult patients with PNES documented by video-EEG and followed up in two tertiary epilepsy centers responded to a structured telephone survey. Data were gathered on demographics, clinical features and frequency of PNES, history of psychiatric comorbidity, access to treatment, as well as on anxiety (GAD-7 items) and depressive symptoms (NDDI-E). Read More