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.┬áThe 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.

  • 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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