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Just made myself worried sick
« on: July 06, 2014, 06:36:10 PM »
I am so scared about having seizures, I get these frequent deja vu and strange episodes happening of late. So I decided to YouTube seizures and watch clips of people having grandmal seizures and now I am worried sick. I am 33 and have had these so called deja vu feelings for about a year which I believe from reading are simple partial seizures which scare me so much they will get worse into gran mal. Grandmal seizures watched online are the most terrifying thing I have ever seen, one clip was this guy just writing in a book then all of a sudden out of nothing his head started turning to the side and he was making grunting noises and shaking like mad. I am so scared this is gonna happen to me coz heard you can have seizures at any age and from nothing
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 07:33:10 PM »
you've had all of the pertinent testing by a neurologist.  You were given a clean bill in neurological health.  Yet you still obsess over seizures.  then you go and watch you tube videos of people with seizures.  Honestly what DID you think would happen to your emotional well being by doing that? 

My daughter has tonic/clonic seizures and complex partials and atonic seizures. AND, yep, they can be scary.  she doesn't namby pamby around with simple partial seizures for a year then pop out with the big ones. 

What LOGICAL reason do you have at age 33 to all of a sudden start having seizures???  Just because you are afraid of seizures doesn't mean you will EVER have one.

What you are going to have to do is realize is that it is your anxious mindset producing all of these symptoms.  these symptoms, of course, will seem like 'seizures' to you.  WHY?  because that is what you are afraid of.  this is no different than a cardiophobe having symptoms that 'fit' with heart ailments OR people fearing gastro issues having stomach or pooing issues.

Jonny---- tough love statement-------  you are going to stay in this state of panic as long as you engage in all of these reactive behaviors.  so you are going have to decide if that is okay with you OR decide to take a leap of faith and accept that your  anxious thinking, your reactions, your actions and your inactions are what is going on here.

what are you doing daily to work on your anxiety?  what is working?  what isn't?  what are you REALLY willing to do to get on your healing path? 
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 02:09:17 AM »
Hi sixpack and thank you for words of comfort. Hope everything is ok with your daughter and she gets better. I can't help it I just fear these frequent deja vu feelings I get are leading to something it's not common to get intense deja vu I've heard
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 06:12:03 AM »
you are allowing your fears to dictate your life.  As long as you think something is up, they will not diminish and will in all likelihood get worse (in your mind anyway).    How LONG do you think it would take for the "dejavu" to lead  to something .     Jonny it is TIME for you to move on.



thank you for your kind words about my daughter.  truth is her seizures will not get better. 
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 08:46:30 AM »
I know sixpack your right I do need help to move on I have also been to counselling with my fear but nothing seems to work. All I can think of is the deja vu feels so real and that epilepsy can start at any age
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 10:35:01 AM »
epilepsy has causes.  with one being a small % of people who develop it into adulthood.  The VAST majority of adult onset seizures are from: brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, brain illness like encephalitis, illicit drug use,, dehydration, parasites in the brain....

 so you can go ahead and think you are one of those small % people if you so choose, but recognize you are doing it to the detriment of your emotional well being.  what I don't understand with you is that dejavu and other weird sensory things are pretty common place with anxiety, especially when one is afraid of such things.  Why have you completely discounted these sensations as a product of your anxiety disorder?

btw---simple partial seizures are  also known as auras.  People with seizure disorders often have these, just prior to a bigger seizure--- Like seconds or minutes; not months to a year.  An exception could be with temporal brain tumors.  My dad had simple partials that came as phantom odors.  I never saw a full blown seizure with my  dad.   However that could have been because he was dx'd with a tumor within a couple of months  and he was put on anti-seizure meds.

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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 11:22:04 AM »
Omg y would you do that!? I have a huge fear as well. I would NEVER utube that! I have witnesse my brother having a couple from very low blood sugar due to his diabetis. It is scary and i fear i will have one everyday cause i feel so weird in my head but i would never utube that. Itll make it worse!
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 02:10:13 PM »
As others have said, stay away from Google (and YouTube). George Costanza (Seinfeld) watched "Coronary Country" on TV and the next day believed he was having a heart attack. Of course he wasn't.
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 02:54:58 PM »
I wouldn't advise watching it at all it's the worst thing ever. But it's because I am having frequent deja vu and weird head a vision feelings which make me think that it's epilepsy on the way. Is it normal to happen as an adult with a clear MRI and EEG?
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Re: Just made myself worried sick
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 03:35:54 PM »
I wouldn't advise watching it at all it's the worst thing ever. But it's because I am having frequent deja vu and weird head a vision feelings which make me think that it's epilepsy on the way. Is it normal to happen as an adult with a clear MRI and EEG?

it isn't "normal" to have those things.  but it is common  occurrence with anxiety disorders.  MRIs and eegs do not diagnose anxiety disorders.  MRIs dx brain masses, malformations and other diseases.  EEGs diagnose abnormalities in brain waves..    so you now have to deal with your anxiety disorder.
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