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Another informative post again on Epilepsy. I ca possibly relate to one or two of ‘the potential triggers’ like I was getting up to go to work both times it occurred (one onto the office). I don’t recall at the time though if I was under any unusually high amount of stress at work though, so still quite a mystery!

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  • Onset of epilepsy after a stressful life event
  • More than half of the patients reported a death of a loved one as a triggering factor.
  • Medial temporal lobe epilepsy is overrepresented.
  • The average age at onset is quite late, around age 30, even in the presence of brain lesions.
  • Contrary to patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, no sexual abuse is reported.


Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of an acute adverse stress as “trigger” for the onset of epilepsy.

Methods: Among 4618 consecutive patients, twenty-two reported a major life event within three months before the onset of epilepsy.

Results: All patients had focal epilepsy except one with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. The temporal lobe was involved in 90% of patients with focal epilepsy. More precisely, 13 patients (62% of patients with focal epilepsy) had medial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE), two had lateral temporal lobe epilepsy, four…

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