Could my Daughter have partial epilepsy? Weird Symptoms
My 17-year old daughter has been having depersonalization symptoms for several years. They come and go. They seem to be triggered by several different prescription drugs--Adderall being the worst. She described other aspects of her 'spells' to me the other night, and I think she might be having seizures. She describes several kinds of spells: one is a rush of hyper-reality in which everything is suddenly extremely vivid and clear--comes on fast, often triggered by light differences, like dark-to-light--taking her shirt off, taking goggles off, etc... it really scares her; another is a period of time when her skin is either numb or feels odd, like a conveyer belt. She can't feel things, and has been burnt by water that was too hot-she even has little scars between her thumb and pointer where she pinches herself to feel something; another is visual alterations like things looking too small, too fake, too far away, etc--she describes some of this as looking like a movie set. She only told me about these really weird symptoms 2 nights ago. I thought up til now that she was having a reaction to various medications--the depersonalization. But the physical aspects, especially the numbness, etc, made me think this might be seizures. Amazingly stupidly, I didn't think of this before-- my older daughter had complex partial epilepsy from 2 or 3 til puberty when it went away. I just didn't know how often these spells have been occuring, or all the details. I think she may have thought she was losing her mind and didn't want to tell me. I can't believe she has gone through school, done activities and kept a job, etc while having these things from 5 to 20 times a day. We have an appointment with a neurologist in 2 weeks. I can't believe I missed this for so long. Any of you know of symptoms like this?
Last edited by tanyanubin; 09-19-2007 at 11:39 AM.