Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are seizure-like movements, feelings, or behaviors.
PNES is caused by mental health problems. This may include intense emotions, trauma, or stress. A person may also have other problems, such as depression. It is not caused by problems with electrical signals in the brain.
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