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Re: elusive putative seizure disorder Mitch

Posted by shelliR on September 25, 2001, at 17:53:50

In reply to Re: elusive putative seizure disorder shelliR, posted by Mitch on September 24, 2001, at 23:55:34

> > Anyway, my friend had strange seizures that they never did track down (but she had been abused, and that is not uncommon to have brain changes). And they put her on some anti-seizure med and she stopped having them. She didn't go completely out during her's, but she'd be driving and everything would become totally distorted and she'd have to pull over, and somehow or other they determined she was having seizures. Driving is sort of hypnotic, so maybe the threshold was lowered. She's the same friend with DID, who had different EEGs depending on who was "out", but these episodes were not related to alters taking over. And having depression for a long time can also create strange brain changes or having brain abnormalities can create depression, as you well know.
> Shelli,
> Hope you don't mind me asking a question about your friend:
> 1) Was your friend taking any antidepressants during the time she had the seizures while she was driving?
> I am asking this because I have taken probably 2/3 of all the AD's that have ever been made and only one(Prozac)set off nightime hallucinations while I was driving-where the car seemed to levitate off the ground (about ten foot or so), while I was driving (about 60mph). This was accompanied by powerful panic symptoms also. I have also experienced deja vu episodes while I was taking Prozac. I have been on Neurontin/Klonopin/Depakote at different times/combinations/dosages over the last 2-3 years and not experienced any more of those illusions or hallucinations.
> Mitch

My friend was on so many medications; I don't know which ADs at the time. I couldn't believe how many meds she could tolerate without any side effects. And her driving experiences were happening both day and night. They were not illusions, hallucinations, or mere dissociative episodes. It was more as if she had the normal hypnotic experience many people have had, but the second step was a seizure and loss of memory. And when they added the anti-seizure med, she was able to drive again; it apparently stopped whatever seizure-like activity she was having.

Wow, cars levitating off the ground. If it wasn't so scary, it would be a lot of fun.





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