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Stress Linked to Recurrent Seizures in Adults

Anxiety and mood disorders both increase the likelihood of a repeat event.


The likelihood of experiencing a recurrent seizure is closely linked to a person’s stress level, according to a recent study that looked at 52 individuals with a single unprovoked seizure and 29 with newly diagnosed epilepsy. The researchers, who looked at adult residents in low-income areas of Northern Manhattan and Harlem, New York City, found that generalized anxiety disorder increased the risk of a recurrent seizure threefold. In a second analysis, a mood disorder more than doubled the risk of a recurrent seizure.

Baldin E, Hauser WS, Pack A, Hesdorffer DC. Stress is associated with an increased risk of recurrent seizures in adults. Epilepsia. 2017;58:1037-1046.

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