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Why Some Seizures Are Not Caused By Epilepsy

Epilepsy BrainwavesIf you or a loved one have epilepsy and continue to experience seizures despite treatment with appropriate medications, it may be for one of three reasons:

Because the medication dose is not sufficiently high to control the seizures.
The chosen drug is not the optimal choice from among the many available.
The epilepsy is inherently drug-resistant and difficult to control.
However, in some cases, it’s none of the above. If the seizures are due to a psychological factor rather than epilepsy, then epilepsy treatments will not be effective because the diagnosis is incorrect.

Non-epileptic seizures occur in approximately 2 to 3 per 100,000 people overall. These seizures usually start between ages 10 and 35, and are most common among people in their 20s and 30s. They are four times more common in adolescent and adult women than men, but among children, they are equally frequent among boys and girls. People may have a mix of epileptic and non-epileptic seizures, or they may have non-epileptic seizures alone.

Telling the difference