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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Child zoning out all the time

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2 Potential Episodic Inattentiveness or Staring Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Absence Seizure

    A seizure is a short episode of symptoms that is caused by a burst of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Absence seizures are a specific type of seizure where a person has a brief loss of consciousness (an absence) for a few seconds. These episodes are much more common among younger people than adults, and may go unnoticed for a long time as they may look from outside as a momentary lapse in concentration.

    May continue during childhood for years, but very rarely into adulthood.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brief fainting episode, inattentive staring, episodic inattentiveness or staring, poor academic performance
    Symptoms that always occur with absence seizure:
    inattentive staring
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Lennox - Gastaut Syndrome

    Lennox-Gastaut is a severe form of epilepsy, which is a disorder characterized by frequent seizures. Seizures are bursts of uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. Most people with this syndrome experience some impairment in intellectual function and information processing. Developmental delays and behavioral disturbance are also common.

    Chronic disease with no cure (yet!)

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, drooling, eyes rolling back while passing out, inattentive staring
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Episodic Inattentiveness or Staring

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Did you faint?
  • Q.Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?
  • Q.Do you have a family history of epilepsy?

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Episodic Inattentiveness or Staring Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced episodic inattentiveness or staring have also experienced:

    • 6% Involuntary Movements
    • 6% Depressed Mood
    • 6% Feeling Confused and Not Making Sense While Talking
  • People who have experienced episodic inattentiveness or staring were most often matched with:

    • 27% Absence Seizure
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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