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The Complex Relationship Between Stress and Seizures

Actress Melanie Griffith recently revealed that she was diagnosed with epilepsy following a string of seizures over a period of 20 years. Speaking at an event to raise awareness for Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Griffith said, “Every seizure that I had was at a point when I was extremely stressed.”   Griffith said she now has her condition under control with medication and hasn’t had a seizure in four years, which she partly attributes to the fact that she’s “not stressed anymore.”

Stress may trigger seizure for epilepsy patients

For people suffering with epilepsy, facing stressful events such as the war, trauma or natural disaster, or the death of a loved one, may act as a common trigger for seizures, a study has found. Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures. The findings showed that higher anxiety levels in patients with epilepsy reported stress as a seizure trigger.

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