Seizures and Emotions

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   Posted 1/25/2010 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
so it seems that whenever my emotions get out of hand (excited, sad, angry, etc...) my muscles start to twitch and tense up. i recently found out some really upsetting news from a girl that i'm in love with and the whole night i was twitching and had my muscles tense up like when you have a seizure. afterwards, i got a huge headache but the weird part about it was that i was conscious. i just want to know if what i had was a seizure? and can your emotions affect you having seizures?

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   Posted 1/26/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
One study that I read stated that 80% of the patients with epilepsy were also diagnosed as having a depressive disorder. Upwards of 60% of these individuals had a history of significant episodes of depression. And 10-32% experienced symptoms of anxiety.

In fact, many of the medications used to treat seizure disorders can trigger depression. Dilantin, Phenobarbatol, Celonton and Tegretol are all notorious for this side effect.

What meds do you take?

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This was another moderators posting that I edited.

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   Posted 1/26/2010 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont take any more meds. my doctor had me on Keppra for two years and i've been off the meds for almost two years, if i remember correctly. i havent had any of the seizures where you lose consciousness (grand mal, right?) for almost four years. oh yeah, i believe that depression fact. when i was on Keppra i developed a medium case of depression most likely due to the meds. i told my doctor and he just shrugged it off telling me, ''oh yeah, sometimes it happens due to the meds.'' i was just wondering if my emotions can affect me having seizures.

some doctors should never have been doctors.

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   Posted 2/27/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has seizures from anxiety. He goes totally unconcious and has tonic-clonic episodes lasting sometimes over 3-4 min long.
It is God that gives me the strength to carry on in the valleys of life and the wings to fly to the mountain tops

<FONT color=#008000>Dx: Diagnosed with Epilepsy Jan 2005, SLE July 2007, since then, Raynauds, Alopetia Areta, Vasculitis, discoid lesions, Endemetriosis March 2008. Meds: Tegretol, Imuran, Plaquenil, quite often Flurbiprofen and Rabeprezole, as well as various other supplements/vitamins.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
 Anxiety can cause many neuro muscular symptoms--that are not seizures!
I know, because I've experienced a variety of muscle spasms, myoclonus, jerks etc---all due to stress!
Many "relaxation techniques" are effective -especially meditation-!
Stres...anxirty etc....can really upset the delicate biochemical imbalance in the brain & be the cause of a variety of symptoms mimicking other diseases--
So--YES---your anxiety, heartbreak, depression CAN cause many bodily symptoms--
Again--you should consider, meditation ,biofeedback, meditation, cognitive therapy---You'd be pleasantly surprised about how much better you'd feel--   Hope this helps--Regards-Robert

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   Posted 4/8/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning,
I'm new to this on line group. Have had sz since age 16. Now is a rough time because I love to volunteer and my group leader (I assist her with an art therapy group for bereaved children) said I need to take a break. I feel hurt but want to still volunteer with her at a later time. We talked on the phone and I wonder how I can still feel good about volunteering, if I don't know if she wants me to return. She only said, "I think you need to take a break." I asked her if we can set up time to talk later in the year. I feel I must face the loss but don't want to. Am I in denial or do you think my feelings of sadness are normal. I don't seek to blame, just for compassion so I can return to a volunteer job I love.
Thanks for your thoughts

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   Posted 4/26/2010 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent been on in awhile but I have what they call non-epelitic seziures and I feel 3 weeks ago I have feel plenty of times but this time it really did something to my body!!! With mine sometimes I no whats going on sometimes I dont, I also stiffen up muscles legs hands and everything. hope u find out whats going on

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   Posted 4/29/2010 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My problem here lately is that my darn eyes won't stop twitching . I don't know if everyone has that or not... Also I don't drive cuz am to scare to. Cuz my doctor told me unless take the medicine for a year or more and also have drive at whatever times say its ok for me to drive. I have cuz problem with lights and sun that its unreal. Where I feel like control my whole life. Where I can't go outside that much or have alot of lights on in the house... Cuz if just look at the sun or hits me wrong way make go into seizure or else get worse pain in my head and then start twitching.. My biggest problem is that all the medicines put you on have so many side effects. Cuz whenever on them all I do want to sleep. Bad enough I have crohn's disease, hypothyroidism, endometrosis, mood disorders, mitral value prolapse and acid relux disease and other stuff ... so wondering if anyone had any advices for me.. Most of all I have wear such dark sun glasses that can't even see my eyes and makes day light ok like night bad thing is my sun glasses broke and wondering where get really good pair at
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