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Ask the Expert about Anxiety and Epilepsy09/20/2012
Anxiety and epilepsy. Do you experience anxiety? Anxiety is an emotion that many people have experienced at some point in their lives.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive feelings of fear, uneasiness or dread regarding something that is about to happen. Anxiety affects 10-50 percent of people with epilepsy. Physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, stomach or chest pain, or feeling short of breath may accompany anxiety.
So how is anxiety related to epilepsy? Is anxiety simply a reaction to the diagnosis of epilepsy or a symptom of epilepsy? Are feelings of anxiety or fear actually a part of a seizure or a side effect of seizure medications? How is anxiety treated in individuals with epilepsy?
This is your opportunity to "Ask the Expert" your questions relating to anxiety and epilepsy. Dr Alan Ettinger, a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, can offer some answers to your questions. Post your question for Dr. Ettinger here: AskTheExpert@efa.org
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