WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Non-epileptic seizure (NES) is a short period of symptoms that change how you move, think, or feel. NES looks like an epileptic seizure, but there are no electrical changes in the brain. NES is a serious condition. Early diagnosis and treatment are needed to prevent further problems.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Antidepressants: These medicines are mainly given to decrease the symptoms of depression.
- Antianxiety medicine: This medicine may be given to decrease anxiety and help you feel calm and relaxed.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Your primary healthcare provider may refer you to a therapist or psychologist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent injury during a seizure:
- Do not hold or tie the person down.
- Do not place anything in the person's mouth or try to force his teeth apart. The person is not in danger of swallowing his tongue.
- Do not pour any liquid into the person's mouth or offer food or medicines until he is fully awake.
- If possible, turn the person on his side during the attack.
- Observe the length and type of movement of the seizure. Remember the position of the person's head or eyes during the attack.
- Place something soft under the person's head and loosen his clothing. Clear the area around him of sharp and hard objects.
- Stay with the person until the seizure ends. Let the person rest until he is fully awake.
Prevent a non-epileptic seizure:
- Avoid hyperventilating: Hyperventilation is fast, shallow breathing that can cause your hands or lips to become numb or tingle. Your fingers or toes may have cramping or even curl up. Focus on taking very slow, deep breaths when you feel like you are hyperventilating. Your primary healthcare provider may show you how to breathe in and out of a paper bag when you hyperventilate. Never use a plastic bag.
- Limit alcohol: If you drink alcohol, ask your primary healthcare provider if you should limit the amount you drink.
- Manage your stress: Stress may slow healing and lead to illness. Learn ways to control stress, such as relaxation, deep breathing, and music. Talk to someone about things that upset you.
For more information:
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20016
Phone: 1- 202 - 966-7300
Web Address: http://www.aacap.org
- American Academy of Family Physicians
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood , KS 66211-2680
Phone: 1- 913 - 906-6000
Phone: 1- 800 - 274-2237
Web Address: http://www.aafp.org
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You are depressed and feel you cannot cope with your illness.
- You are confused or cannot think clearly.
- You have new symptoms that you did not have at your last follow-up visit.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel like fainting or are lightheaded or too dizzy to stand up.
- You were injured during or after a seizure.
- You think about hurting or killing yourself or someone else.
- You have chest pain, tightness, or pressure that may spread to your shoulders, arms, jaw, neck, or back.
- You had a seizure that continued for more than 5 minutes.
- You are having breathing problems and your lips, fingernails, or face turn blue.
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