Mental health organizations and the ostrich policy

Author(s): Selim R Benbadis

Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) and psychogenic symptoms in general are common. However they may be termed or classified, they constitute an important part of psychiatry and psychology. The largest professional mental health organizations (American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association [APAs]) both have abundant patient education material, but curiously have no information on this entire category of disorders. It is surprising that, with so many members for so many years, this ‘omission’ seems to have gone unnoticed.


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