Some antiseizure drugs used to treat epilepsy as well as depression, chronic pain, migraine, bipolar disorder, and other conditions are associated with a higher risk of suicide and violent death than other drugs in the same class, according to a new study.
My 9-year-old daughter with a diagnosis of childhood absence epilepsy (currently treated with Depakote) has had two separate episodes, six months apart, where she heard voices telling her to hurt herself and run away. Each episode lasted two weeks. Would the only possible causes for hallucinations be depression/bipolar, or can you list some other possibilities?
"If there's anything I can do, just let me know." Surely you've said that to someone going through a rough time -- we all have. It's the sort of well-worn, well-meaning phrase that we utter reflexively before hanging up the phone, anxious to do our friendship duty.
Susan Cormier, from New Brunswick in Canada, developed a condition seven years ago where "gag-inducing" pain is the main symptom. Five years after her diagnosis, she had surgery, which involved inserting a tiny piece of Teflon sponge at the back of her ear. The pain has since gone. This is her story:
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