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A 45-year-old member asked:

could depression leads to epilepsy?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
More replies welcome: I cannot see any way that depression - even major depression - can lead to epilepsy. I can see how epilepsy can lead to depression.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I am not: aware of clinical depression being a cause for a seizure disorder.
Dr. William Conte
Specializes in Neurology
Nonepileptc seizures: Depression will not lead to true epilepsy, which causes seizures due to abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. But there is a phenomenon of nonepileptic seizures that can sometimes look like seizures, but is not due to frank electrical discharges but rather a manifestation of psychiatric diseases (usually a stress response but sometimes due to depression).

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Could depression cause epilepsy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Not that I know of.: I do not know of any cases where depression has been sited as the cause of epilepsy.
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Can there be any way that depression can cause epilepsy?

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No: Although they often coexist, they do not cause one another.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

I'm depressed, have epilepsy, what do I need to say to get a med card?

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Dr. Imad Khreim
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Apply: You need to present your case and simply list the medical problems that you suffer from. Also list any medications that you are taking now or you took before. List names of doctors who have recently treated or written prescriptions for you, help is available, good luck and feel better.

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