Epilepsy And Depression - A Two-way Street?

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coffee 'n cigs
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   Posted 1/22/2006 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, all! I am new to this board but have been reading it for about a month now. Thank you (so much!) for being here. I was not going to join, until I was ready to talk about my life, but last night I Googled an article that I wanted to share, in case it might help someone as much as it has helped me.
 
 

Epilepsy And Depression - A Two-way Street?

 
 
 
 

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Beth B. in TN
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   Posted 1/22/2006 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the link. We appreciate people who pass on valuable info. I have a 15 year old girl. I'm keeping cloe watch on things like anxiety and depression and apparently, I should.

 


coffee 'n cigs
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   Posted 1/22/2006 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Beth B. in TN said...

Thanks for the link. We appreciate people who pass on valuable info. I have a 15 year old girl. I'm keeping cloe watch on things like anxiety and depression and apparently, I should.

 


Hi, Beth! Thank you for your post. IMO You are a great mother to come to this board to help your daughter. I did read your earlier post in which there was a question by a doctor about whether or not your daughter might be faking her seizures. I had my first grand mal seizure at the age of 14. (I am now 56.) I was in a hospital at the time, and the seizure was witnessed by the head nurse. The next morning I was given an EEG, with the diagnosis of epilepsy. My family would have none of it. "We don't have epileptics in our family. She probably just fainted or may have faked a seizure to get attention." I was immediately taken out of the hospital against medical advice. This really hurt (and did nothing, of course, to prevent subsequent seizures). The best you can do for your daughter is to be on her side. You obviously are, and I think your daughter will be fine. :-)

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coffee 'n cigs
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   Posted 1/22/2006 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
MandiAnn said...
Hey and welcome to HW!  I'm so glad you decided to post. :-)
 
The article was really interesting.  Thanks for posting it.
 
Anytime you are ready, we'd be happy to hear your story.
 
HUGS!
Thank you, MandiAnn!  :-)

coffee 'n cigs
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   Posted 1/22/2006 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
~Jennifer~ said...

Welcome to HW

I am glad you found us and Thank you for posting this link.

Looking foward to reading your posts.

Also take a peek at our great Epilepsy Resource Center we have tons of info

When you are ready to share your story please post....Take your time we will always be here for you when you need a friend

Hugs 


 

Thank you, Jennifer. What a wonderful service you are providing here.

Hugs to you, too. And, my prayers for Danny Jr.


babybear
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   Posted 1/29/2006 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
This was a great article, thank you so much for sharing it with us. I have epilepsy and am Bi-Polar as well. I was dxed BP long before I was with epilepsy. I can remember being depressed as far back as 9 years old and suicidial then as well. Maybe I was predisposed (sp, yall will learn quick that I can't spell :) ) to have epilepsy. Very interesting.

So, thankyou and also I wanted to give this thread a little bump!! :)
Maddness, oh come swiftly, I will face our destiny
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coffee 'n cigs
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   Posted 1/30/2006 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
babybear said...
This was a great article, thank you so much for sharing it with us. I have epilepsy and am Bi-Polar as well. I was dxed BP long before I was with epilepsy. I can remember being depressed as far back as 9 years old and suicidial then as well. Maybe I was predisposed (sp, yall will learn quick that I can't spell :) ) to have epilepsy. Very interesting.

So, thankyou and also I wanted to give this thread a little bump!! :)

Hi babybear! This article helped me to begin putting things together for the first time in my life. (I actually cried, when I read it.)
 
The points that are relevant for me are:
 
1. A history of depression that predates the onset of seizures. I have suffered from depression my entire life and, even as a child, had to "fake" having the energy and spirit of the other children. I had my first grand mal seizure at the age of 14, though there is some evidence I was having petit mal seizures (which were not recognized to be seizures) by 7.
 
2. Failure to respond to medication. I have been on at least ten different anti-seizure meds during my life. None provided any relief at all from the seizures and about half increased both the frequency and the severity of the seizures.
 
3. Depression responding well to Prozac without increase in seizures.
 
 
The best to you, babybear!

RanMan
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   Posted 3/9/2006 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everybody, I've come accross a natural remedy to help fight depression and stress.

 

Depression:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering
from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is
because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body
converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and
generally make you feel happier.
 
Nerves:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
 
 
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood
enhancer tryptophan.
 
 
Randy



Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.
 
275mg-dilantin/day
120mg-pheonobarb/day
3,000mg-Mesasol/day
20mg-Celexa/day

Post Edited (RanMan) : 3/9/2006 12:39:56 PM (GMT-7)

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