What are the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES)?

Updated: Jul 26, 2018
  • Author: Selim R Benbadis, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The specific DSM-5 criteria for conversion disorder are as follows : [18]

One or more symptoms of altered voluntary motor or sensory function

  • Clinical findings provide evidence of incompatibility between the symptom and recognized neurological or medical conditions

  • The symptom or deficit is not better explained by another medical or mental disorder

  • The symptom or deficit causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning or warrants medical evaluation

PNES falls under the symptom subtype of “with attacks or seizures.”

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