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A 24-year-old female asked:

What is the reason for epileptic seizure while sleeping only? could it progress to happen at any time? does extreme stress and depression cause it?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Neurological eval: Many conditions can have seizures as a symptom. You need a full evaluation - the works! - to seek the causes and discover the probable effect and future likely course. Also, there may be effective treatments that will make a big difference. Try not to blame it on stress & depression. That will make those worse. Part of the eval will guide you to help for those too - connected or not. Best wishes!
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Stress Depression: Both stress and depression can affect seizure likelihood. If your depression is extreme, it may alter your sleep cycle and how your brain performs while asleep. A sleep study may help.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Nocturnal seizures: Any kind of seizure can happen at night, but 10-45% of people with epilepsy have seizures that occur mostly during sleep or with sleep deprivation. The mechanism isn't fully understood -- yet it could have something to do with the multiple brain wave phase shifts that occur during sleep. http://tinyurl.com/nhxa967 extreme stress and depression can both disrupt sleep cycle, intensifying this.

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