A 22-year-old female asked:
Can emotional stress cause seizures?
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Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Only if the patient: Already has a seizure disorder. If some has post-traumatic epilepsy, idiopathic epilepsy, etc, then emotional stress can lower the seizure threshold. If someone has no neurologic reason for seizures, and has never had a seizure, then emotional stress will not cause them. They may cause something called a pseudo-seizure, but these are not true neurologic seizures.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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