Professional Education

Grand Rounds

Mental Health Stigma, Somatization, Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES) and Epileptic Seizures: An Exploratory Study

Topic

Mental Health Stigma, Somatization, Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES) and Epileptic Seizures: An Exploratory Study”

Current literature shows that individuals with Mental Health Stigma (MHS – defined as internalized disbeliefs or negative beliefs about mental illness and treatment) tend to seek neurological rather than psychiatric or psychological diagnoses and treatments.  The extant literature shows that MHS is more common among some cultural groups than others.  Empirical research also shows cultural differences in Somatization (SOM); defined as the tendency to manifest mental and emotional stress and distress and illnesses with physical symptoms.  The major purpose of this exploratory study was to: (1) examine if MHS and SOM differences would be found between Latinx/Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Caucasian patients in the study sample, and (2) determine if Diagnostic Group Membership (DGM) was statistically related with MHS and SOM.  DGM contained two clinical groups: (DGM 1) included individuals diagnosed with Exclusive Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) or Comorbid PNES and Epilepsy; and (DGM 2) included individuals diagnosed with Exclusive Epilepsy.


Presentation Objectives

  • To discuss the purpose, premises, hypotheses, methods, and results of a prospective empirical study on Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES).
  • To discuss two (2) or more implications of the results of this study on the relation between mental health stigma, somatization and PNES.
  • To provide a rationale for the development (among other things) of a Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Clinic comprised of neurologists and mental health professionals to achieve three (3) goals : diagnose more accurately comorbid (PNES and Epilepsy) in patients diagnosed with Exclusive Epilepsy, and to provide more appropriate (complete) treatment for patients suffering from undetected and undiagnosed Comorbid PNES and Epilepsy.

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Registration open until July 15, 2022


Continuing Education Credits

One CME credit for medical professionals and one CE credit for Social Workers and Psychologists will be provided.


Pine Rest Grand Rounds is a behavioral health medical education tool used to deliver high quality training to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, licensed professional counselors, psychologists and social workers. The presentations offer best practice or evidence based tools to improve behavioral health treatment within our communities.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services designates this live event for a maximum of ONE AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC-0047. This course has been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative and is recognized by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, Licensing Division for Social Work Continuing Education. Collaborative Contact Information: 517-487-1548, Ext. 17.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (PRCMHS) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  PRCMHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

300 – 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

A teaching site of Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine

Presenter

  • Carina Mendoza, MD

    Dr. Carina Mendoza is a current fourth year Neurology resident at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is originally from Southern California and completed her undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley after which she completed a Post-Baccalaureate program in Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School where she was introduced to Dr. Daniel Lowenstein who exposed her to her current field of pursuit, Epilepsy. She completed medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and after completing her Neurology Residency she will begin her Epilepsy Fellowship at Spectrum Health starting July 2022. She has completed multiple empirical studies on culture and the practice of medicine, health literacy, cultural-specific health beliefs and practices, and has made multiple presentations at national professional conferences.

This group currently meets virtually only for the safety of our participants and staff.

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