Watch the full webinar through this link. The recording is 1:03:15 long. For the separate presentations and highlights from each, check below in the session recordings.


Find below the two separate session recordings to increase awareness, access and education about the topics of this webinar,  for anyone visiting our site. 

This video, which is about 35-minutes long, shows the first section of the webinar, presented by Dr. Jirsch. The key objectives of the presentation include:

  • Explore reasons why Anti-epilepsy Drug (AED) treatments, sometimes, do not work to manage seizures
  • Outline drug resistant epilepsy
  • Discuss two frequent mimics of epilepsy: syncope and PNES

What To Do?
My Anti-seizure medications don’t work!

A conversation about seizures that are harder to manage.  Session was offered live on September 23, 2021.

Session presenters are:

Our panelists will engage in an informative conversation about epilepsies that are not easily managed by anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) as well as seizures that are not epileptic in nature.

These are the resources and latest links we have searched and reviewed in preparation for this session. Feel free to review the information for yourself. 

  • Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures treated as epileptic seizures in the emergency department – ARTICLE (link)

  • Experience of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures in the Canadian league against epilepsy: A survey describing current practices by neurologists and epileptologists – ARTICLE (link)

  • Drug-Resistant Epilepsy – Webpage (link)
  • Best Treatment of People with PNES. Tom Snyder, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. University of Alberta and Hospitals. (link to download PPT

  • Misdiagnosis of prolonged psychogenic non-epileptic seizures as status epilepticus: epidemiology and associated risks – ARTICLE (link)

Once the session takes place we will post here any resources shared.

This video, which is about 28-minute long, shows the second section of the webinar, presented by Dr. Snyder. The key objectives of this presentation include:

  • Understand PNES
  • Understand that PNES are common and serious
  • Understand cause of PNES
  • Understand what can be done for people with PNES