Did you know that stress can cause you to experience physical symptoms? It makes sense because when you get embarrassed, you might blush. When you get sad, you might cry. Some people can experience a seizure that looks like an epileptic seizure all from experiencing too much stress.
What Are Non-Epileptic Seizures
An electrical surge in the brain causes epileptic seizures. It causes unconsciousness and convulsions which are what we label as seizures. People who have non-epileptic seizures can experience the convulsions and unconsciousness, but an electrical surge in the brain doesn't cause it. Instead, this event is caused by stress.
Non-epileptic seizures were once called pseudoseizures, but this label is misleading. These seizure-like events are very real and can have heavy effects on the person experiencing them. Doctors believe that this is a physical reaction to psychological stress and they also believe that these events are not purposefully produced.
How Do You Know If It Is Stress?
The first thing you need to do if you are losing consciousness or convulsing is go to the doctor. They can run a test with an EEG machine that scans your brain’s activity looking for electrical surges. With this test, they can determine what your seizures or events are coming from.
How To Prevent Non-Epileptic Seizures
Since these seizures happen when someone has reached their limit with stress, what you need to do is try to prevent yourself from reaching that point. Let yourself have a break and relax and eliminate stressors that are unnecessary.
You can also try using CBD oil as well. Studies show that it can help relieve you of stress by making it easier to manage your emotions. By elevating an endocannabinoid called anandamide, CBD hemp oil can help with stress by making the activity in your brain less influential, making it easier to handle everyday stress.
What are some ways that you decompress to relieve stress? We would love to hear about it in the comment section below!