Triggers For Seizures


Science may not be conclusive about the definitive causes of epilepsy neither are they aware of a perfect prevention and cure method, but there are certainly some observed behaviors and triggers that signal an epileptic attack on the horizon.

Here are some of the common triggers for epileptic seizures:

  • A particular time of day or night. It could also be a particular time in a month, season or environment.
  • Over-exhaustion, stress, deprived of sleep, upsetting situations, too much heat, exertion of the brain, etc.
  • Crowded areas like concerts where there are also a lot of flashing lights and too much activity going on.
  • Consumption of mind stimulating drugs or other substances. For example, alcohol, ecstasy pills, cocaine and mood-altering chemicals.
  • Erratic eating schedule – if the patient isn’t eating on time and consuming junk food that causes blood pressure to fluctuate.
  • Stressful situations like watching a mood-bending movie, traumatic experience like an accident or other happenings that regular people find slightly upsetting in daily life.

This is just a tentative list of what could cause seizures. It doesn’t mean that every time a patient faces a trigger-related situation he or she is going to get an attack because of it. However, seizures can probably be prevented and occur for far less times when the patient is aware that there might be a time when he or she is more susceptible to being attacked.

It is very important that keen observations be made with a patient. This can help to create cycles and timetables so that action can be taken to prevent violent attacks from happening in the future. A good support system is always necessary for this.

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