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I have what my dr has said is stress induced seizures. I feel like im out in spacre and then my head shakes, hands curl and my eyes blink uncontroably.. I have agoraphobia and a lot of other problems with anxiety and depression. Can stress cause seizures.

I have what my dr has said is stress induced seizures. I feel like im out in spacre and then my head shakes, hands curl and my eyes blink uncontroably.. I have agoraphobia and a lot of other problems with anxiety and depression. Can stress cause seizures.

Things to consider:: Has the appropriate testing done to confirm the type of seizures you are having. Stress can indirectly affects seizure activity or onset by making you forget to take your medicine, increase your cortisol level which can affect the activity of seizures, cause you to have negative emotions which alters the limbic system in your brain. The limbic system is a common place for seizures to begin. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can emotional stress cause seizures?

Can emotional stress cause seizures?

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. ...Read more

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My niece had surgery to repair the jaw bone from popping out of socket. She started having small seizures a few days later. Can stress cause this?

My niece had surgery to repair the jaw bone from popping out of socket. She started having small seizures a few days later. Can stress cause this?

Yes: Seizures can be brought on by electrical activity in the brain but also by stress. When seizures are brought on by stress, they are called psychogenic non epileptic seizures. Be sure to get a diagnosis because new onset seizures should always be worked up, especially in someone with recent surgery. Infections from jaw surgery can spread to the brain. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Could a bowel movement in sleep, that does not wake you, be caused by stress or psychiatric problems? Or what is the chance it is nocturnal seizure?

Could a bowel movement in sleep, that does not wake you, be caused by stress or psychiatric problems? Or what is the chance it is nocturnal seizure?

Do you mean that you: had loss of your sphincter so while sleeping? If that is the case, you need to be evaluated for diarrhea, gastrointestinal diseases, neurological illness including multiple sclerosis, and others. Please don't wait! ...Read more

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Is stress seizures dangerous

Not as much: Seizures from stress can be very disabling but are generally less dangerous than real seizures because they usually subside eventually. Real seizures can become continuous, a condition called status epilepticus. ...Read more

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Can stress bring on seizures?

Yes, in general: Yes "stress" can bring seizures. There is am entity called "Psychogenic NON Epileptic Seizures", PNES. PNES is common and best managed by expert. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more