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Who Has Anxiety Aswel As Epilepsy

Whe I was alittle girl I had anxiety well thats what my mum told me. I used to never be able to sleep I was constantly worried about everything even though children are never supposed to worry. I would worry so much that I would walk around the house all night clean up for my mum so when she would wake up the house would be spick and span. Then I would go to school feeling tired still worrying feeling guilty that I hadnt done something right. I used to get into trouble for day dreaming they would say. Its not uncommon for young children to have anxiety problems. I am now 21 and I have been diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. I was untreated with anxiety for my entire life. I felt sad and sick in my stomach one day I wentt to the doctors and he said for me to take zoloft 100 mgs I took that for 8 days then I had a seizure that lasted over 40 minutes all I remember is going to hospital by ambulance since taking my zoloft I have been an epileptic. I wonder if my anxietys were epilepsy my entire life.
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replied January 11th, 2004
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Hello, I am a new user. I had a a major attack once while I was at my first outdoor new assignment. There was also something like what u said regarding about anxiety.

In one of my consultation at the specialist visits, I asked him whether worries has anything to do with the attacks. His answer was no. I hope that answers your question. For me, i'm not sure as worries is still living in part of my life.
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replied February 9th, 2004
Here's some good information about epilepsy and anxiety.
Epilepsy.Com/epilepsy/mood_anxiety.Html

unfortunately, the program on this forum likes to capitalize letters after periods (dots). Because of this, if you click on the link, it will bring up a page that says "page not found." to get there, you'll have to copy and paste it but then change the capital letters to lower case. It's a good page.

If i'm not mistaken, anxiety is not uncommon in temporal lobe epilepsy (especially if the hippocampus and/or amygdala are involved-- present in both the right and left temporal lobes). I believe that the amygdala is the area of the brain that processes emotions where the hippocampus is the area that stores short-term memory. (both are closely related).



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replied June 11th, 2004
I've been taking zoloft for seven years and i've been having seizures for about seven years. I can't recall which came first, the zoloft or the seizures. I'm in the process of trying to find that out now. But I would like to know if you or anyone else who has had seizures stopped taking zoloft and if so, was there an effect on the seizures?
Incidentally i've asked three doctors if the seizures could be a result of the zoloft and all three said "no". I've also been told that I do not have epilepsy, but my symptoms are exactly as you and the others describe.
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replied June 12th, 2004
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Hi
well I never had fits before I started the zoloft. I stopped taking the zoloft right away after I had my first seizures. But I still have them now and its been like 7 months since. I was prescribed the zoloft 100mg because the doctors thought that I was suffering from a short term depression. I was only on the zoloft not even one week. So it was a pretty fast reaction to it that my brain had as well as my body. When I was on it.
I would love to talk to you more about this.
I like you have also had all the tests and everything is normal the neuros dont know what to do with me, they cant say it is epilepsy and they cant say it isnt. All I know is that it helps but I still have seizures on anti convulsant drugs. Prehaps you could talk to a psychologist about the effects of zoloft because gps and stuff dont have a clue.
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replied July 9th, 2004
Anxiety can be a part of the r temporal lobe epilepsy. When I was a young teen(!) I would get so scared that I would freeze in my bed and eventually go lie down next to my mother's bed because I was so scared(nothing specific). Often, this is when you know you are having seizures (they may not even be visible to you or others). I've experienced many other anxious feelings, yet they are way more complex (combined with the disorder) and I can't even explain them. With that, I am fully functioning and never had anxiety/disorder. I was a regular kid.
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