Literature Review

Mitigating Stress Levels May Impact Seizures

While RCTs have not proven stress management works, many patients say it does.


Clinicians would be wise to recommend stress reduction techniques to patients with epilepsy, despite the fact that randomized controlled trials have yet to demonstrate that stress management reduces the frequency of seizures. One survey has suggested that most patients who report stress-triggered seizures use some sort of stress reduction methods and most say they are effective. McKee et al also point out that studies have found that stress management does improve quality of life in this patient population. The investigators also recommended that stressed patients with epilepsy should be screened for depression, anxiety, and other treatable mood disorders since they are more common in these patients.

McKee HR, Privitera MD. Stress as a seizure precipitant: Identification, associated factors, and treatment options. Seizure. 2017; 44:21-26.

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