Identifying Triggers

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Identifying specific seizure triggers , high risk times 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
  • Drugs

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 chances of having a seizure.