Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stress and epilepsy

For epilepsy patients Stress and anxiety exacerbate the condition by increasing the frequency and severity of attacks!!

The disease produces changes in neuronal signalling that increases seizures by converting a beneficial stress response into an epileptic trigger.
A neurotransmitter involved called Corticotropin- Releasing Factor (CRF) diminishes activity of piriform cortex (seizure- producing part of brain) in normal brain. In diseased condition, CRF does the exact opposite- exciting the activity of piriform cortex, thus increasing seizure attacks!!!
This research points to the possibility that CRF- blocking drugs would prevent stress- induced seizures in epileptic patients.

That's all!

-Jaskunwar Singh

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