Pseudoseizures, sexual abuse, and hermeneutic reasoning

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It has been proposed that pseudoseizures are a symbolic expression of having been sexually abused. Such reasoning is hermeneutic in nature and potentially damaging if uncritically used. Sexual abuse is one of several risk factors for pseudoseizures, but it should not be deduced simply from the occurrence or form of the conversion disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-477
Number of pages7
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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