Medications control seizures for about 70-80 percent of people with epilepsy. The other 20 percent have to live with the uncertainty of not knowing when the next seizure will strike. Now, a promising new study looked at whether stress-reduction techniques could help reduce the frequency of seizures.
Learning techniques to help manage stress may help people with epilepsy reduce how often they have seizures, according to a study published in the February 14, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Despite all the advances we have made with new drugs for epilepsy, at least one-third of people continue to have seizures, so new options are greatly needed,” said study author Sheryl R. Haut, MD, of Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, and member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Since stress is the most common seizure trigger reported by patients, research into reducing stress could be valuable.” The study involved people with seizures that did no...
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.”
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.