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Extreme Emotional Response seizure?

I have Grand Mal Epilepsy.  I take my medications regularly and haven't had a seizure in over two years.  My seizures are pretty typical, except when I've had Petit Mal seizures, which has happened only once.  I was in my bedroom with my husband and all I could do was smile at him, unable to speak.  I didn't convulse or hit my head, and I was pretty aware of what was going on and where I was.  Even when a paramedic came over, I was clear enough to indicate that I did not want to go to the hospital and signed a form.

I had a very scary episode last night.  I was lying in bed and started to feel like my face was vibrating and I felt like I was out of my body.  It seemed to me to be the onset of a seizure, so I just stayed put.   I started to get really anxious, after which I hallucinated of what seemed to me to be my dead mother, who died just over a month ago.  It's as though she just flew in like a ghost, but solid and vividly colored, then disappeared.  I started to feel panicky, my heart racing, and then suddenly, I was uncontrollably sobbing.  I was extremely frightened and started to shake all over from cold, even though it was warm in the room.  I was so scared that I was going to have a seizure because the aura was so powerful.  My husband came in and stayed with me until I started to relax, about ten or so minutes later.  After I had calmed down, I thought it had been much longer than it was.  I never lost consciousness and I didn't convulse.

I've been looking all around the net to find out if it was a seizure  that I had last night.  Has anyone ever heard of having emotional seizures like this or experienced it themselves? 


Petit Mal seizures is the old name for the type of seizure called an Absence Seizure. The names of seizures were changed back in 1981. The discription of your symptoms match more to the type of seizure called a Simple Partial Seizure.

Bruce (I'm not a doctor, but instead, an epilepsy support group leader, epilepsy advocate, who has epilepsy.)

Hello, my name is Savannah-

I have had an expierience just like this, to be straight forward EXACTLY like this, w/ the halllucinations, the sobbing, the chills all over, everything you mentioned. Mainly because I got myself so worked up thinking I'd have another seizure which I was very much trying to avoid at the time, my vision seemed to turn white and my heart started racing, I hallucinated and saw images of things from years and years ago, it was a weird out-of-body expierience, the bad part was I had no one there to help me so I had to lay there and it had to go away on it's on :(


Wow.  Thanks for letting me know about that experience you had.  I'm sorry that you had to deal with that on your own.  I know how scary my experience was for me, so it must have been even more so for you since you were alone. I hope that this type of incident doesn't happen again, to either of us.

Take care,  Jessica 


Might it have been an extremely spiritual experience... which by all means would have been scary?  I often wonder if our seizures are in some form a medical jargon for something as simple as the spirit meeting the flesh, or the visible, tangible world intersecting with the other.  If your mother had just passed (sorry for this, btw), it is likely that she was visiting you in one form or another, and that you, but not your husband, were able to experience this.. emotionally and physically.  Pretty powerful stuff!

What you experinced is a common condition called arterial acidosis. Panick attack.  Due to breathing in more than you exhale, carbon monoxide builds in you blood. When you feel this start, focus on your breathing, long deliberate breaths, normal rate, being sure to breath out more than you breath in. With in seconds the feeling of a energy wave spreading though your body will begin to sub side. The hallucinations, and everything you described will happen every time your breathing in more than you exhale. I have experinced it hundreds of times in the past 29 years with epilepsy. I don't always recognize the syptoms in time, my seizures trigger the panick attacks, not fear of having one. I can be sitting talking to someone and bam. Kinda embarrasing at times. Look up an study all you can find about arterial acidosis and it want be so terrifying.

You might have had a simple partial seizure. These often come with emotional reactions, auditory hallucinations and sometimes visual ones as well.  The hypothalamus is very involved in these types of seizures and that is also the part of the brain that regulates body temperature, so everything you are saying points to that.
I have had simple partial seizures on and off for the past 14 years. It took a long time for me to find out what was going on. When they happen I usually become very emotional and it is really upsetting, so I know how you feel.


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