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What is stress induced seizures?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Reflex epilepsy?

Seizures are the reaction of the brain to some trigger. There are patients who seize to a certain sound, flickering lights, hot water, bladder infection, constipation, etc.
Some develop a seizure due to stress or anxiety. The issue is whether medication is necessary or just to avoid the trigger. This should be addressed to your doctor with a thorough explanation.

In brief: Reflex epilepsy?

Seizures are the reaction of the brain to some trigger. There are patients who seize to a certain sound, flickering lights, hot water, bladder infection, constipation, etc.
Some develop a seizure due to stress or anxiety. The issue is whether medication is necessary or just to avoid the trigger. This should be addressed to your doctor with a thorough explanation.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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7 doctors agree

In brief: Pseudo seizures

Are seizures like activity ( non epileptic seizures) 2nd to severe anxiety or due to stressful situations.

In brief: Pseudo seizures

Are seizures like activity ( non epileptic seizures) 2nd to severe anxiety or due to stressful situations.
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Nonepileptic seizure

Usually when doctors say "stress-induced seizures" they are referring to a non-epileptic "convulsions" that are not the same as an epileptic neurological seizures as identified on eeg.
The problem falls under a category of psychological illness called somatoform disorder & if there is a single profound unconscious stressor it may be conversion disorder. Some people will have both types of seizure.

In brief: Nonepileptic seizure

Usually when doctors say "stress-induced seizures" they are referring to a non-epileptic "convulsions" that are not the same as an epileptic neurological seizures as identified on eeg.
The problem falls under a category of psychological illness called somatoform disorder & if there is a single profound unconscious stressor it may be conversion disorder. Some people will have both types of seizure.
Dr. Evan Altman
Dr. Evan Altman
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
I would recommend that you see a practitioner with experience in treating somatoform, conversion, trauma-induced, and dissociative disorders. They would be the most likely to know how to help. If they have no experience with this, move on until you can get a referral to someone that does.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stress causes all

Seizures, it's the type of stress that is important.
Brain trauma or disease ( genetic, infectious, autoimmune, etc. ) that directly impacts the brain can result in seizure activity. Emotional pressure may make those worse. Stress can cause pseudoseizures (seizures with no medical basis). Certain medications used for depression can cause seizures ( wellbutrin (bupropion) for example). Talk to your doctor.

In brief: Stress causes all

Seizures, it's the type of stress that is important.
Brain trauma or disease ( genetic, infectious, autoimmune, etc. ) that directly impacts the brain can result in seizure activity. Emotional pressure may make those worse. Stress can cause pseudoseizures (seizures with no medical basis). Certain medications used for depression can cause seizures ( wellbutrin (bupropion) for example). Talk to your doctor.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Uncontrolled seizures may require going to a major medical center to find appropriate and successful interventions.
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