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Question: Head Zaps but not on Anti depressants!

 danni1979 - Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:07 pm

Hi there
I suffer from anxiety and have whats called "head zaps",like an electrical current suddenly passing through my head which makes me jolt,startle,its not very pleasant.
I wasnt too sure where to ask this question ie anxiety or here,so hope i picked the right forum.
Anyway i know an awful lot of people who suffer from anxiety but are on no medications which have these head zaps too and wondered if you knew of a reason why this happens?and what it is?
Thanks ever so uch.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:41 pm

User avatar Hi Danny-

These "zaps" you describe are mentioned sometimes by people with anxiety or panic disorder and sometimes they are actually a variant of temporal lobe seizure activity or are related to eventual migraine. They are also very often due to less-than-severe, painful discharges of what would normally be pain due to irritation of one of the cranial nerves.

Your doctor or a neurological specialist might consider a trial of either an anti-anxiety medication which is also an anti-seizure med (clonazepam comes to mind) or possibly an anti-seizure med that is also used to treat migraines and to block nerve pain (in this case gabapentin or pregabalin come to mind). While the "zaps" are not usually anything serious, they can be terribly annoying. If they can be managed by a trial of one of these medications it might be helpful.

Do these sensations take place regularly and for the long term or do they just happen occasionally? It would be helpful to know this.

I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck to you and please follow up with us here as needed.

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