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The aim of this article is analytical literature review on psychological factors contributing to the epileptic process. It was shown that emotional stress may trigger the onset of epilepsy and have a negative impact on the patients’ condition. Three types of seizure psychological triggers were identified: 1) stress (stress-induced seizures); 2) behavioral patterns (auto-induction, secondary gain); 3) conditioned-reflex mechanism (seizures are associated with specific simple and complex stimuli). Approaches to psychological intervention in a complex treatment of epilepsy are described. 

About the Author

Yu. G. Novikova
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg
Russian Federation

Novikova Yuliya Gennad’evna – graduate student of psychology and psychological assistance, senior laboratory technician “Health Psychology”.

Address: ul. Nabereszhnaiya reki Moiki, 48 /11, St.Peterburg, Russia, 191186. 


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Novikova Yu.G. PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF TRIGGERING AND CONTROL OF EPILEPTIC SEIZURES IN ADULTS. Epilepsy and paroxysmal conditions. 2015;7(2):65-75. (In Russ.)

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