5-1-12: Unraveling Pseudoseizures

May 1, 2012 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Seizures are life changing medical events…but new research shows that about a third of the patients who think they’re experiencing seizures actually are not. The study shows that stress can create symptoms extremely similar to seizures. Doctors are calling these events “Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures.”

One of those doctors joins us this morning to explain the research: Jason Brandt, director of the Medical Psychology Division at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s also the senior investigator in this new study on “pseudo-seizures.”

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  • 1. Terra Watkins  |  May 4, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I started having seizures out of the blue for some reason 7 yrs ago. It was the happiest time of my life. Then the seizures started. But for some reason can’t find out why. All I know is it has something to do with my dilantin. I am stressed out to the max now because of how my life has changed. I don’t think it is all stress.

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  • 2. Lisa  |  May 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    My 9 year old daughter has both kinds of seizures. She was diaignosed with rolandic epilepsy 2 years ago and a few months ago statred having stress related siezures. She was put on anti-anxiety medicine and it has helped somewhat.

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