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Subject:Depression era candy...
Time:10:42 pm
Current Mood:creative
This is something that has been on my mind for years now, and has been kind of a concern for a while. Shortly after I was diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy back in high school, I found out (trhough some no doubt drunken conversation) that a friend was taking the same medication, Tegretol, as part of treatment for bipolar disorder. At the time I didn't think much of it, but later on I started wondering, if Carbamazepine is also used in antiDepressants, could it not be that as well as keeping me from having seizures, the drugs were stopping any natural depression I might have felt otherwise? I thought about it a lot, since I first started taking Tegretol when I was fifteen, around the time when people have stereotypical soapOperatic mood swings and depression. I had none of that. I don't know if that just means I'm incredibly well adjusted (my life has always been pretty much perfect, after all) or if the meds might have had something to do with it.

Which raised the question, if I ever stop taking medication for epilepsy, will I fall into some deep depression?

I don't know... maybe I'm the only one who thinks about stuff like that...
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Subject:hi!
Time:08:14 pm
hey there, i'm new to the community so i thought i'd introduce myself...i'm jessica and i was diagnosed with myoclonic epilepsy when i was 14 years old..after eveyone thinking my frequent jerking spasms were just to get attention. i am now on 3000 mg of Keppra a day and 300 of Trimeteral (i probably spelled that wrong, i just started it today) after a trip to the neurologist friday i decided i should do some more research b/c he asked me it my seizure frequency was normal. but since i've only had "real" seizures for a few months i still don't know what normal is. does anyone know any good websites?
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Subject:Strangely Celebratory
Time:11:34 pm
My cousin told me the results of all her tests yesterday. I'm really pleased and relieved, and even had a drink last night to celebrate.

Why should I be happy that this model-beautiful, intelligent, talented dancer should have epilepsy? It's not that I'm glad that she'll run the gamut of different drugs until she finds one that helps more than it hurts when she's always been antidrug; or that she'll pull back from her dance career; or that her driving licence could be compromised. I'm not jealous and gloating. And its not that I want someone else in my family to have myoclonic epilepsy so they understand what I go through.

I am happy because after four years, she doesn't wonder if she is crazy or lazy or attention-seeking, just because other people have seemed to think that.

She doesn't have to go through the dashed hopes of seeing a new specialist that's paid to help you get better, only to be told something like "You're just hyperventilating, don't worry about it." My neurologist took her seriously, and found something wrong he can suggest strategies to cope with.

And I am happy that her myoclonic seizures do not seem to be from mitochonrial cytopathy, as mine are. They might have been a result of a car accident, there's no telling. But the neurologist says she definately does not have the hereditary degenerative disease, and can look forward to a long and healthy life, punctuated occaisonally with falling to the ground thrashing.

Er.. yes. Lucky girl. She has seizures that she's stuck with for life.

But she knows what she's up against now, and can plan her life accordingly. And she has the perspective that it could have been much worse; that she could have been like me! And even if she was, its wouldn't be the end of the world. She knows that this is a dealable situation.

Heh, it's nice to feel of use. Although of course I wish the situation had never arisen.
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Subject:Billy and The Seizing Hippie Groupie
Time:11:29 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused
Billy Connolly is one of the funniest buggers around.

He just made what could have offended us into a recounted tale that make me PMSL. XD

Now HE knows good humour out of DARK circumstance.

(Anyone who missed it, his "World Tour Of New Zealand" show, the tale of the Girl in the Audience he joined (extremely snugly tied up) inside a sleeping bag.

Now that's a reason WHY you tell someone you'll be in bed with about your Epilepsy (or whatever similar case she had).
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Subject:Another seizure
Time:09:03 pm
Current Mood:draineddrained
Hi, I had a seizure this afternoon. My first since August, and why I had I'm still unsure of because I'd taken my medication this morning. However, I've been told that there was a good chance that built-up stress may have contributed to the cause (I've been stressing out quite alot lately due to things that have been going on).

(I take One Tegratol CR200 - The writing underneath it says Carbamazepine 200mg Controlled Release Tablets - and two at night. I've also recently been put on a contraceptive pill known as Brevinor-1 to control what's been called "breakthrough bleeding". Basically it means I've been getting my periods fortnightly instead of monthly, and they're proper periods, not just a day or two of spotting)

Anyways, I was sitting at the computer reading a story on it. The next thing I know I felt like I was coming out of a deep sleep or something. I could hear one of the dogs barking, and I could feel people holding me down (My Dad and my Uncle whom I both live with). My head and whole body were really sore, and I was foaming at the mouth, which I don't think has happened to me before. I've been told I normally stop breathing during a fit, but I've never been told anything about foaming at the mouth.

Later on, my Uncle told me that what happened went something like this (I'm still a little sketchy because it only happened a few hours ago. I think it was about 3-4pm):

He was out the back and started hearing a repitive "Boom, Boom, Boom". At first he took no notice because he thought it was a car's beatbox or something like that. But then one of the dogs started barking heaps and when he went to see what was up with it, he saw me having a seizure in the computer room, and my head was repeatedly banging against the desk near the computer. I guess he must have called out to my Dad or something and they put me down on the floor so I wouldn't cause myself anymore damage.

I've come out of it with a bitten tongue (I'm constantly worried that I'm going to end up either biting my tongue off or breaking my tongue ring one day) and I've definitely got a bump forming on my head just above my right ear.
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Time:04:21 am
Hi, does anyone here take topamax? My husband was taking it for migraines but it wasn't working so he is now off them so i have 8 box's of 25mg to sell. 20 tabs each box.
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Subject:hi
Time:12:41 pm
Im on valpro for my condition

DOes anyone else get distracted easily because of there epilepsy and can't concentrate?ANd find it really hard in school
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Time:04:49 am
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Subject:Hmmm...
Time:07:29 pm
Current Mood:mellowmellow
Nobody really seems to post here much, but I figured I'd make a post here for the hell of it and see if I got a reply. Is there anyone out there who has epilepsy and has their driver's license? I'm not sure about going for mine...I think there's laws about it or something (But I'm not 100% certain about them).

I'm grateful for any information. :-)
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Subject:Sex And The Size Of Your Amygdala
Time:12:30 am
Current Mood:amusedAmused/Informed
I found an old news post from 2004:

2004-02-13 16:24:00

Sex Depends on Size of Brain

Australian scientists have found out which part of the human brain is responsible for sexual attraction with people. As it turns out, the bigger the part of the brain, the faster and more intense man's excitement is.

The discovery was made by a group of neurophysiologists from the University of Melbourne. According to the researchers, the degree of sexual excitement depends upon an active part of the brain called amygdala. This part of the human brain is of an almond size and responds to sexual irritants faster than others. Earlier, it was believed that amygdala was responsible for coupling with animals.

As it turns out, big amygdala means stronger love for sex with people. Researchers examined 45 epileptics who had some parts of the brain cut out, amygdala among them. People with bigger amygdala had more intense sexual attraction. At the same time, epileptics with bigger parts of amygdala cut out were almost indifferent to sex.

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Watch out if we've got our amygdalas intact, that's all I can say!
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