Identifying Triggers

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Seizure triggers are specific events or circumstances that increase the risk of seizures happening in someone with epilepsy. Some people have obvious seizure triggers and understanding and recognising them can help to reduce or avoid seizures.

Identifying specific seizure triggers , high risk times of the day and seizure patterns is important for seizure control.

Seizure triggers can include:

  • Missed medications
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress
  • Low blood sugar
  • Extreme heat or cold
  • Startle – such as a loud noise
  • Depression, boredom
  • Dehydration
  • Flashing lights or geometric patterns
  • Hormonal changes in females
  • Alcohol or drug use

Keeping a seizure diary is usually helpful in identifying triggers and seizure patterns.

Most people with epilepsy agree that taking medication as prescribed and simply being careful with their lifestyle reduces the likelihood of having a seizure.