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Posted by Reggie on November 11, 1999 at 23:33:58:

In Reply to: Partial Seizures and Depression posted by Rebecca Davis on November 10, 1999 at 01:56:40:

: I was diagosed with depression before beign diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I had a grand mal seizure while taking welbutrin. My EEG was abnormal in temporal lobes bilaterally showing spikes and waves. I have since had a couple of what is now called partial seizures. (these have occured since I was a teenager but have been undiagnosed). I would like to have data on the correlation between epilepsy and depression. It would make sense that both can cause imbalances in the brain. If ECC treats depression can organically causes seizures cause depression?

I've had epilepsy since early childhod. The seizures were initially bought on by high fever in my infancy. In the beginning, my seizures were violent grand mals. At about age 3, my seizures disappeared entirely. I was not to experience another episode until adolescence. My anticonvulsant therapy seemed to change the nature of my seizures and their severity. Instead of violent convulsions, I now endured staring spells induced by my complex partial disorder.

In answer to your question, I must confirm that depression does impact one's seizure disorder. If I allow myself to become severely depressed, my seizure incidence does increase. The anticonvulsant therapy in and of itself has some depressant qualities. Allowing one's self to become overrun by bad feelings and despair is a recipe for disaster.

Reggie.

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