Epilepsy is a physical problem- so many stressed out feel this causes seizures. My epilepsy
has never depressed/scared or stressed me out. There are pschologists who specialize in
mental help due to seizures. Does anyone agree these are two different issues?
From the subconscious level you are correct with pseudo seizures. However those are not the only ones that create the convulsion(clonic) state without it being subconscious. When i have a tonic clonic i don't think about convulsing i black out. Anything you or your body does by instinct without thought is controlled on the subconscious level. Its your subconscious reacting to the needs of your body to tell you something went wrong. I wasn't just talking about the cause of the seizure but they still effect your subconscious state of mind. Unconcious decisions are still a part of the subconscious mind like breathing. While subconscious is more thought of as memories, emotions, feelings, driving etc...
Also what's crazy about pseudo is some peopld are able to have them on a conscious level. There body then reacts subconsciously to have a non epileptic seizure. The reason why they are considered non epileptic is because usually Hypnotherapy can stop them. Since epilepsy is deeper than that and a neurological disorder it can not be controlled in the same way is even closer to an unconscious reaction similar to breathing or walking. Walking/eating is what makes most believe the unconcious is still part of the subconscious you learn how to do it but if all memories are gone its something you can still do without thought.
Ok in therapy they had me further my research into epilepsy and other forms of neurological disorders. They recomend you watch a seizure(hard to do) to understand how hard it may be for others to react. They may also go through and try to create a way to find out what can trigger you to have a seizure and how to possibly ease yourself into not having one. Of course this will not work for every single person because every case is different.
My therapist has me currently doing research on president who had epilepsy. He's doing this for me to see how they were able to cope with them as well as how far they were able to get in life with epilepsy. He wants to create an algorithm to help see when ill have another seizure but all we can surmise is that they are random. If nothing more the therapist is there to help you not just cope with any conditions you have that can alter your thoughts to make you depressed. But to try to find a way to help you from not having those thoughts or better if possible seizures in the future. Its easier to create an algorithm for pseudo seizures since those are more subconcious provoked as discussed above. Both roosevelts, andrew jackson, and james madison all have had seizures and there are other great minds that have had them in the past.
Just because it doesn't effect you mentally doesn't mean it can't effect others mentally. As you said its the subconscious that makes us convulse which is not a physical part of the body. I understand where you are coming from i helped my friend study in different parts of neuroscience. It is the electrical currents neurons in the brain that create most seizures but not all. Its more then just physical is all i mean it will have an effect on most peoples psyches that's why 4 in 5 people with severe epilepsy start to get ptsd. It has effect on the brain and therefore the mind im glad your strong and never had those feelings i havent till last november to be honest. I have tonic clonic i had 2 back to back in november on black friday. One was 5 minutes the other was 9 minutes the emt told me. Since then i have not felt the same felt more twitchy for lack of a better word and became very depressed.
Margery—-Your probably the first person I ever heard say that epilepsy doesnt cause you any sort of depression or fear.. first time for everything.
I think your negativity is larger than your ability to see yourself. Very rude to judge and degrade others for how they feel or cope. Your comments and membership here is very suspiscious! This is a safe place. Your taunting people on multiple posts. Creating unnecessary drama. Do us all a favor and get off! You think your special... your especially RUDE!!!
I dont agree that they are seperate cause epilepsy is a disorder of the mind and before the epilepsy i didnt have a issue with my memory or depression or even being stressed out and if you look it up all of that is a side effect of epilepsy. Also everyone is different what works for you might not work for others everyone has to face epilepsy on their own terms and life situations. I spend everyday doing everything i can to not cuss everyone out even my mom who is helping me but sometimes treats me like i am 12 years old when normally it doesnt bother me.
Thank you jmo. Thank you very much for your kind words.
A good friend of mine who also has epilepsy is going to become a neurosurgeon so she shared alot of information. I also studied alot with therapy to learn more about the condition that inflicts me/us. I really would like to help people but i myself have troubles coping still. I always have felt a feeling of being punished at times it sends me into a crazy depression and i just break down. The therapist and psychiatrist i see thinks its mainly because I have had it my whole life and have never felt normal. I have always had restrictions and wish i could live without them to see how it feels.