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Epilepsy

Can seizures be brought on by stress?

01/21/2009

Question:

My 21 year old daughter has epilepsy and is on good medication. She has never had a seizure while on the medication. But now, since she started on-line college classes, is planning her wedding, and also works two jobs, she keeps having small seizures. She is still on the medication. Can "stress" bring on seizures to a person with epilepsy?

Answer:

Stress is a known potential trigger for many patients with epilepsy. However, it is never safe to assume that stress was the only reason for a breakthrough seizure.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati