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(p. 173) Session 7: Identifying Your Pre-Seizure Aura 

(p. 173) Session 7: Identifying Your Pre-Seizure Aura
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(p. 173) Session 7: Identifying Your Pre-Seizure Aura
Author(s):

Joel M. Reiter

, Donna Andrews

, Charlotte Reiter

, and W. Curt LaFrance Jr.

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199335015.003.0008
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date: 21 October 2020

Pre-seizure auras are symptoms or sensations that precede a seizure. This chapter explains the underlying brain mechanisms and teaches participants how to identify their pre-seizure aura. Once identified, patients can utilize the tools they are learning in the Workbook to transform the pre-seizure aura from an unrecognized or bothersome symptom into a helpful signal in the taking-control process. Pre-seizure auras may include flashing lights or images, tingling sensations, twitching in an extremity, abrupt changes of mood, or intense fear. Patients can use the pre-seizure aura as a warning to take precautions to be safe. Or, they can use relaxation skills, including diaphragmatic breathing, to go into an awake, relaxed state in order to prevent a seizure from progressing.

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