Stress as a seizure precipitant
Published: 23 Jun 2021
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This is a paper that highlights that stress is a common and important seizure precipitant reported by epilepsy patients.
Highlights from the paper:
We summarize the literature on stress and seizures and corresponding treatment trials.
Depression and anxiety are higher in patients with stress-triggered seizures, with anxiety as an independent influential factor.
Small prospective trials using general stress reduction show promise in improving outcomes in patients with epilepsy.
Future research should clarify mechanisms of stress-seizure relationship and establish evidence-based treatment recommendations.
Author: Heather R. McKee, Michael D. Privitera