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deborahdelmonte@yahoo.com

Is it possible to talk yourself into a seizure?

I am 52 years old and just this year I have already had 4 seizures (grand mal) and these are the first ones where I have had warning signals, where I've had no warning before.  My seizures would come about every 10 years and I would just black out for 5-10 minutes.  My first seizure was at the age of 5 for about a year and they didn't come back until I was 19 and I had been out drinking the night before and didn't get a whole lot of sleep.  That was the worst one I've ever had, I crashed my uncles car and broke my arm in 4 places.  I was put on Dilantin and didn't have another one until after I had my children at the age of 26; in a public place.  My dose was then raised from 200mg to 500mg (which I have been on ever since).  I had another one in 1992 and another in 2004 until I moved to Denver in 2012.  My first seizure here was last February during my sleep (which was a first) and my doctor switched my medication to 300mg of Lamictal because she thought I would do better on this medication.  I started menopause 3 years ago and just this year I've had 4 seizures (February, May, June, July) and I was wondering if my hormones had anything to do with my seizures.  Or, can I think/talk myself into a seizure.  I worry a lot and I'm sensitive to lights and blink and move my eyes around, before I am having these.  They are not like my usual seizures.  I switched back to the Dilantin last month thinking it was the Lamictal, but now I don't know what to think.  I'm waiting to hear from my neurologist.  I would love any feedback.