The Role of Psychic Tension in the Precipitation of Epileptic Seizures -With Special Reference to the Findings Obtained from Neuropsychological EEG Activation

Hiroo Matsuoka, Teruo Okuma, Takeo Takahashi

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Abstract

In order to elucidate the role of psychic tension in the precipitation of epileptic seizures, a precise analysis of provoked paroxysmal activities during EEG activation by means of speaking, reading, writing, calculation, and constructive acts was made. This examination, which we call “neuropsychological EEG activation” (NPA), was carried out in a total of 455 patients with epilepsy. In 25 patients out of them, paroxysmal activities, most often associated with myoclonic seizures, were apparently induced by NPA. The factors which were related to the provocation of paroxysmal activities and habitual seizures in these 25 patients were: (1) each performance of NPA (16 patients); (2) psychic tension alone (3 paticnts); (3) each performance of NPA as well as psychic tension (6 patients).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-138
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Japan Epilepsy Society
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1983 Jan

Keywords

  • EEG activation
  • neuropsychological EEG activation
  • psychic tension
  • reflex epilepsy
  • reflex epilepsy induced by psychic tension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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