Chris Brown’s Seizure Could Happen to Anyone

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Chris Brown in April 2012

Brown in April 2012 via Eva Rinaldi

Friday morning, 24-year-old famed R&B singer Chris Brown suffered a non-epileptic seizure while working in a Los Angeles studio. Of course, social media exploded in questionable responses to his health issues and much speculation about drug use, disease, or simply karma. Brown, known for the song Look At Me Now may not be the public’s favorite persona due to very public beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna, but according to doctors these seizures aren’t karma. They are not uncommon, and could occur to anyone. They also rarely cause long-term damage or problems.

Brown’s publicist Nicole Perna released a statement blaming the seizure on intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress brought on by a “continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and nonstop negativity.” Unlike other celebrities like Lindsey Lohan who blame all manner of events on exhaustion, these conditions appear to actually be the underlying cause. The singer was examined by a doctor immediately after his seizure, but was not hospitalized.

According to USA Today, who spoke with Magdy Selim, associate professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, roughly 6 to 8 percent of all seizures occur because of extreme stress and sleep deprivation, rather than an underlying medical condition. Selim, who did not examine or treat Brown, stated, “all of us, if under extreme stress and sleep deprivation, would have a seizure.” However, she did not that many things could cause seizures, including drugs or alcohol.

Longer-lasting seizures can cause more damage than shorter ones. Similarly, repeated seizures can leave long-term brain damage. But, a single seizure rarely causes long-term medical problems.

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