Examining the role of shame in seizure disorders

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Examining the role of shame in seizure disorders



  • Contact name

    Eva Popoluska

  • Contact email


  • Sponsor organisation

    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Clinicaltrials.gov Identifier

    175494, Project Number at The University of Sheffield

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 6 months, 22 days

  • Research summary

    Shame is an emotion that has been shown to be capable of contributing to mental health difficulties. People with epileptic and functional seizures can experience stigma, and this may be associated with elevated levels of shame. In this study, we intend to explore how people with seizures cope with shame and how shame may impact their mental health and seizures. We are also interested in comparing how experiences of shame may be similar or different in people with epileptic or functional seizures (also known as dissociative seizures, nonepileptic attack disorder, and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures). This study should help us to understand people with seizures better and to inform psychotherapeutic interventions for people living with seizures. For the study, adult participants will be recruited from hospital sites and relevant charities. The study will involve an online self-report questionnaire that will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

  • REC name

    Yorkshire & The Humber - South Yorkshire Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    1 Dec 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion