Suggest treatment for stress seizures
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I am trying to find help online because I have stress seizures and can not drive to a dr visit. I have been diagnosed 5 yrs ago with stress related seizures but with no insurance I am unable to pay for an expensive dr visit. I am having an unusual amount of seizures, for example 2 yesterday, 1 today and I am still shaky, pacing, heart racing, rash on my neck, and some trouble catching my breath. Usually I would call an ambulance and go to the er but I have racked up bills there that I am barely making the minimum payment, so I can not do that anymore. My neurologist had me on 3mg Xanax er before but as I said haven't been able to go for 6 months when my job fired me for my seizures (liability). Please help, I don't know what to do and these episodes are really scaring me.
Posted Sat, 22 Feb 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy 51 minutes later
Brief Answer: Underlying depression need to be treated Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query. I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through. The other name for the stress related seizure is conversion disorder. Its very common among the people who are stressed or are having a depression. I see many such patients in my clinic and they do settle down in in their ones their stress settles down. Coming to their treatment part, medicines do not have much a role. One should start taking anti-depressants such as escitalopram or fluoxetine etc. along with a benzodiazepines such as clonazepam or lorazepam. Other than getting the uderlying depression treated, the medications dont have much a role. Its will also be beneficial in your case as you have a PTSD as well. Other than this you need to take up cognitive behavioural therapy. This therapy is taken by either a psychologist or a psychiatrist in which the therapist identifies impaired cognitions (Thoughts) and try to correct them. They are 15-20 min weekly session and there should be around 8-10 sessions to help you with your illness. At present there is no need to worry. Take some rest and then ask your friend or family member to take you to a neuro psychiatrist who can guide you regarding these options that I have discussed with you. Hope I am able to answer your concerns. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you. If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback. In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link: bit.ly/dr-srikanth-reddy Wish you good health, Kind regards Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.