Overexcitement: Catalyst Or Symptom?


EpilepsyFor a person who is both epileptic and autistic, it is very difficult to separate and analyse behaviours that might be due to one or the other or even both. Am I having a seizure because I’ve also suffered an autistic meltdown, or am I behaving in an autistic manner because I’m about to have a seizure?

After writing yesterday’s blog my mood changed completely. I was feeling very positive anyway, but I became hyper and incredibly excited about all I’d managed to achieve in one afternoon. I was even jumping up and down with glee – which I really must not do, given my mobility issues and the harm this could have caused me.

Not long after this excitable behaviour manifested itself I suffered a seizure. I would expect it around “girl time”, but this one was exceptionally bad. Thankfully it wasn’t serious enough to land me in hospital this time, but it was quite serious nevertheless.

This afternoon – after a very heavy sleep during the night – I was discussing this with D, and I told him that I knew what had caused the seizure; I told him that it was because I’d become hyper and overexcited and had subsequently worn myself out.

D thought about what I’d said for a moment, and then he asked me a very important question:

“Is it possible that your behaviour prior to a seizure is the symptom rather than the cause?”

A very good question, but – with my brain wired the way it is – how can anybody possibly tell?

As I said yesterday, I refuse to remain a prisoner to the epilepsy. You all know that I accept – and even embrace – my autism, but it is very difficult to discover where the autism ends and the epilepsy begins.

Whatever: I’m still proud not to be a supermarket tomato.

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About Missus Tribble

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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One Response to Overexcitement: Catalyst Or Symptom?

  1. elaine4queen says:

    I’m not autistic and I don’t have fits. BUT I do know that migraine, stroke, and epilepsy have things in common. Over the past year I have been following a migraine blog that has made me much better informed about my own stuff, and I see the overlaps quite clearly – in migraine there is something called the prodrome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migraine#Prodrome_phase
    See? Also, like you are teasing out, there are things which used to be thought to be triggers but are now being seen as part of the migraine – so frinstance chocolate rather than causing migraine, the craving is now thought to be part of the prodrome.
    I get excited phases, too. Today I got so excited about the Great Lives podcast about Gertrude Stein I wrote to two people I know who write scripts to beg them to write a tv series about her! They’ll probably think I am seriously losing it.

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