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Can anxiety/fear/stress cause seizures?

rosethorn08 Community Member June 27, 2007
  • My younger sister has epilepsy, my mom and my sister's father are divorced. When my sister is at her dad's house she experiences many more seizures (according to him) then she does when she is with us.  She has said that she is sometimes locked in her room and the alarm goes off, and other similiar situations.  I was wondering, could anxiety or fear cause her to have more seizures then she normally would?

    Thanks in advance :)

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  • highlanddragon
    Aug. 25, 2012

    I am 32 I was assaulted two and a half months ago and since I have been living in fear of another assault or worse and some major stress I had my epilepsy controled with Topamax but in the last two months I have had more and more simple and complex partial seizures including one just five minutes before I attempted to get a Protection Order and failed could...

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    I am 32 I was assaulted two and a half months ago and since I have been living in fear of another assault or worse and some major stress I had my epilepsy controled with Topamax but in the last two months I have had more and more simple and complex partial seizures including one just five minutes before I attempted to get a Protection Order and failed could these seizures be caused by all of this stress and fear in my life.

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    Roger
    May. 31, 2011

    Seizures are episodes of disturbed brain function that cause changes in attention or behavior. They are caused by abnormally excited electrical signals in the brain. A psychotheraphy techniques are used to relieve Stress And Anxiety in the patient.

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    Anonymous
    Feb. 01, 2009

    Interesting to note that if there is a relationship between stress and seizure that it seems to happen at the time of the stress.  My 11 year old step daughter has just been diagnosed with seizure disorder.  She has had 3 seizures all at her mother's house.  Her mother is blaming stress but is hinting that it is stress caused by being at our...

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    Interesting to note that if there is a relationship between stress and seizure that it seems to happen at the time of the stress.  My 11 year old step daughter has just been diagnosed with seizure disorder.  She has had 3 seizures all at her mother's house.  Her mother is blaming stress but is hinting that it is stress caused by being at our house.  None of the seizures have happened here and we are wondering how high her stress level is at home with her mom.  In any case, there has to be counseling available to children with stress and anxiety.  Divorced parents must come together for the sake fo their child. 

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    michael b.
    Aug. 19, 2008

    my anxiety and depression caused my seizures. the best idea is to avoid stress and to calm yourself down if you have anxiety. i could actually tell a minute before a seizure because i got pins and needles in my right leg. each attack would make me have about 3 -5 episodes. happened about every two months. a good idea idea to help you progress and possibly stop...

    RHMLucky777

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    my anxiety and depression caused my seizures. the best idea is to avoid stress and to calm yourself down if you have anxiety. i could actually tell a minute before a seizure because i got pins and needles in my right leg. each attack would make me have about 3 -5 episodes. happened about every two months. a good idea idea to help you progress and possibly stop you from having seizures is to consult a doctor AND a psychiatrist. a personally recommended pill you might want to ask the psychiatrist is called "Citalopram".

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    michael b.
    Aug. 19, 2008

    my anxiety and depression caused my seizures. the best idea is to avoid stress and to calm yourself down if you have anxiety. i could actually tell a minute before a seizure because i got pins and needles in my right leg. each attack would make me have about 3 -5 episodes. happened about every two months. a good idea idea to help you progress and possibly stop...

    RHMLucky777

    Read More

    my anxiety and depression caused my seizures. the best idea is to avoid stress and to calm yourself down if you have anxiety. i could actually tell a minute before a seizure because i got pins and needles in my right leg. each attack would make me have about 3 -5 episodes. happened about every two months. a good idea idea to help you progress and possibly stop you from having seizures is to consult a doctor AND a psychiatrist. a personally recommended pill you might want to ask the psychiatrist is called "Citalopram".

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    greasesicle
    Jan. 14, 2008
    I am almost sure that stress triggers epileptic seizures.  When I was young, 6-9 years old I lived with my mother and had many seizures around her, especially on weeknights after she was at the job she hated all day.  The dinner table is where I would have seizures while she verbally abused my sister and I and griped about her job.  On weekends...
    RHMLucky777
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    I am almost sure that stress triggers epileptic seizures.  When I was young, 6-9 years old I lived with my mother and had many seizures around her, especially on weeknights after she was at the job she hated all day.  The dinner table is where I would have seizures while she verbally abused my sister and I and griped about her job.  On weekends and times with my father, I did not have seizures.  After I went to live with my dad the seizures stopped.
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    mel
    Jul. 26, 2007
    I totaly agree that seizures are caused by stress, i have recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and i seem to have more seizures when i'm afraid or if i'm under stress. my advice would be to calm yourself down when you feal stressed/fearful or have anxiety, breath slowly and try and think about something different, or try and get out of the sitation...
    RHMLucky777
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    I totaly agree that seizures are caused by stress, i have recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and i seem to have more seizures when i'm afraid or if i'm under stress. my advice would be to calm yourself down when you feal stressed/fearful or have anxiety, breath slowly and try and think about something different, or try and get out of the sitation thats making you feel stressed.
    • jttt33
      Mar. 06, 2010

      yea i am 33 years old and was diagnosed with what he said was seizure disorder.so anyway i did not understand his diag nosis.but then i started thinking and everytime i have had a seizure i was totally stressed out or in a stressful situation..so it is true then? that anxiety can cause you to have seizures? im doing alot better since the dr put me on klonipin.but...

      RHMLucky777

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      yea i am 33 years old and was diagnosed with what he said was seizure disorder.so anyway i did not understand his diag nosis.but then i started thinking and everytime i have had a seizure i was totally stressed out or in a stressful situation..so it is true then? that anxiety can cause you to have seizures? im doing alot better since the dr put me on klonipin.but you know klonipin is slow acting see i also suffer from social anxiety disorder so i fear even going to the grocerie store.but now it has gotten better but i think i need to also have something faster acting.you know just in case i get caught up in a bad situation

    • Collegegirl13
      Dec. 04, 2012
      Thanks, I am a college studend with Epilepsy and I was stressed out. I got really dizzy and when I got home I got sick. I have had a couple of these episodes and I think they are from stress. I had 3 episodes, 1 a wk for 3 wks. I'm afraid that they will get worse as I go through finals wk. Should I got to my doctor?
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    Anonymous
    Jul. 16, 2007
    I was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, and really think that stress is a major trigger for an episode.  I am married to a very angry person who strikes out verbally constantly, and my last two episodes happened immediately after his yelling.  Advise from me? Keep your sister away from her dad's house unless there is another adult there. ...
    RHMLucky777
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    I was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, and really think that stress is a major trigger for an episode.  I am married to a very angry person who strikes out verbally constantly, and my last two episodes happened immediately after his yelling.  Advise from me? Keep your sister away from her dad's house unless there is another adult there.