View Full Version : The similarities between bipolar and epilepsy

05-16-13, 04:37 AM
Or: Shanti still has no idea about what the feck she has.

I have some crazy rapid cycling mood symptoms and I have delusions and hallucinations that to my knowledge only occur in bipolar 1.

I could never correctly identify my type of seizure because doctors don't believe me because I seem to be the only one who has never lost conscious from a seizure, until I came across secondary generalised seizures, which in short is when a localised electrical spike in the brain can spread throughout the brain.
Although in this second portion people do lose consciousness. Damn.

Then I read about simple partial epilepsy which has me damned confused.

These are all types of simple partial seizures:

Motor seizures:

These cause a change in muscle activity. For example, a person may have abnormal movements such as jerking of a finger or stiffening of part of the body. These movements may spread, either staying on one side of the body (opposite the affected area of the brain) or extending to both sides. Other examples are weakness, which can even affect speech, and coordinated actions such as laughter or automatic hand movements. The person may or may not be aware of these movements.

These sound like the manic seizures I was talking about earlier.

Anyway, I'll get back to it later.

Sensory seizures:

These cause changes in any one of the senses. People with sensory seizures may smell or taste things that aren't there; hear clicking, ringing, or a person's voice when there is no actual sound; or feel a sensation of "pins and needles" or numbness. Seizures may even be painful for some patients. They may feel as if they are floating or spinning in space. They may have visual hallucinations, seeing things that aren't there (a spot of light, a scene with people). They also may experience illusions—distortions of true sensations. For instance, they may believe that a parked car is moving farther away, or that a person's voice is muffled when it's actually clear.

This is getting closer to BP1 symptoms. I know sensory seizures can relate to schizophrenia such as smells not there. That gets rather annoying.

Psychic seizures:

These seizures change how people think, feel, or experience things. They may have problems with memory, garbled speech, an inability to find the right word, or trouble understanding spoken or written language. They may suddenly feel emotions like fear, depression, or happiness with no outside reason. Some may feel as though they are outside their body or may have feelings of déja vu ("I've been through this before") or jamais vu ("This is new to me"— even though the setting is really familiar).

Ah bingo. Garbled speech could as well be 'disjointed speech.' The last line of that sentence: "trouble understanding spoken or written language" may or may not relate to bipolar but I can sure relate to it.

This one:

Autonomic seizures:

These cause changes in the part of the nervous system that automatically controls bodily functions. These common seizures may include strange or unpleasant sensations in the stomach, chest, or head; changes in the heart rate or breathing; sweating; or goose bumps.

Hardly relates to bipolar at all but I can relate to it.

I wonder if there is any connection or co-morbidity between seizures and bipolar? Some of these symptoms sounds really really similar. When I thought I was having TLE seizures I would become euphoric and have these ideas out of nowhere. If I was creating art I'd be doing it on autopilot. I don't remember if I felt delusional or somehow special, although I've often thought I was the latter.
It is hard for me to admit to being delusional too.

The thing is when I think I have a seizure it has a beginning and an end, and my memory before it happened is wiped. But when I get symptoms such as hallucinations or out of body experiences or distortions they seem to come out of nowhere.

So, it's very hard to know or be diagnosed correctly when these symptoms seem to overlap.

Then again I could be both.

Anyway, I hope I've enlightened you. As confused as I am about what I am I find the similarities fascinating.