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(p. 277) Session 11: Other Symptoms Associated With Seizures 

(p. 277) Session 11: Other Symptoms Associated With Seizures
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(p. 277) Session 11: Other Symptoms Associated With Seizures
Author(s):

Joel M. Reiter

, Donna Andrews

, Charlotte Reiter

, and W. Curt LaFrance Jr.

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199335015.003.0012
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date: 21 October 2020

People with seizures may experience symptoms that seem unusual to others. These symptoms result in a patient feeling abnormal or wondering about being “crazy.” This chapter explains that these symptoms are a product of the same type of brain processes that are associated with seizures. “Other symptoms” include déjà vu, visual images, tingling sensations, out of body experiences, scattered or nonlinear thinking, memory lapses, and sudden changes in mood. Learning that such experiences are common among people with seizures provides reassurance, reduces isolation, and may unlock creativity. The chapter also discusses depression and anxiety, which often occur in patients with seizures. Self-acceptance and appreciation of one’s special qualities further the goal of seizure control.

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