It can be very difficult to pinpoint exactly how dissociative seizures start. The truth is, lots of different factors appear to contribute to the onset and maintenance of dissociative seizures, and these vary significantly from individual to individual. So what’s true for you, may be totally different for somebody else.
A lot of the time, dissociative seizures can be traced back to an event or a difficult period of time. For some people, they may have experienced an emotionally stressful event, for others, a physical health issue and for others still, a combination of the two. Perhaps they have experienced a traumatic event or experienced a sustained period of family or work stress. They may have had a particularly nasty virus that laid them up for weeks on end, or maybe they sustained an injury. Other people may have an existing illness, like epilepsy and experienced a nasty flare up, or a particularly bad seizure. Sometimes stress and health problems combine, feeding off each other to produce a ‘perfect storm’ of distress. When this happens we often feel overwhelmed. For some people, this is when they experience their first dissociative seizure.