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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can panic attacks cause seizures?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Let me advise you: Only your doctor can diagnose epilepsy, and compare it to your worries about panic attacks. There are rare cases where the two are extremely close. But usually the symptoms are very different.
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 37 years experience
Poss but not likely: It is actually the other way around. Autonomic symptoms can include "ictal fear" and "impending doom" which can simulate a panic attack. Another scenario is seizures occurring as the result of withdrawal of medications used for panic and anxiety (i.e. Benzodiazepines). Finally, there is an entity called non-epileptic seizures arising out of primary psychiatric disease. I hope this helps.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How can I distinguish between a panic attack and a seizure?

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Various: During a panic attack people don't lose consciousness. During a convulsion, they do. That's one clue. Also, most seizures last a few minutes, up to 3 or 4 on average. Panic attacks are usually longer.
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What is the difference between a panic attack and a seizure?

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Big difference: Seizures r episodes of disturbed brain activities that causes changes in attention or behavior. Panic attack is a sever anxiety symptoms than can cause chest pain , shortness of breath , dizziness , light headed, and feeling like going to faint and it comes out of the blue.
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How long do each of these last and what is the difference between a panic attack and a seizure?

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Dr. Stephen Kibrick
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What are the causes of random panic attacks?

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What can cause a child to have panic attacks?

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