Chris Brown Seizure: Haters Cause Breezy To Suffer Non-Epileptic Fit

By Staff Reporter on August 12, 2013 12:09 PM EDT

Chris Brown suffered a seizure
Chris Brown suffered a seizure caused by stress and sleep deprivation. Learn how haters and criticism wore Breezy down. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Chris Brown suffered a seizure while working in a Los Angeles recording studio Friday morning. Breezy's representative confirmed that the musician suffered a nonepileptic seizure, but did not require hospitalization.

"While in the studio working early this morning, Chris suffered a nonepileptic seizure (NES). He was not hospitalized." announced the statement. "His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity."

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Following the seizure, Breezy boldly participated in a charity basketball game agaisnt the LA police department on Sunday.

"Chris Brown came out today with his Team Breezy to play basketball against the LAPD team at Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy gym. He just came out to get the community out and have some fun and try to get the message out to reduce violence," reported E! News

While seizures are commonly known to be caused by an underlying medical condition such as epilepsy, incidents can also be triggered by drug use. Associate professor of neurology Magdy Selim of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston explained that about 6 to 8 percent of all seizures are caused by extreme cases of stress and sleep deprivation.

"All of us, if under extreme stress and sleep deprivation, would have a seizure," says Selim.

The "Run It" singer has faced strong backlash since 2009, when he brutally battered his then-girlfriend Rihanna. The shocking news deeply impacted Chris Brown's career and also his personal life as friends, fans and colleagues in the industry criticized the musician's behavior.

In February, authorities investigated a scuffle between Breezy and musician Frank Ocean at a recording studio. Ocean did not press charges. In March, Chris Brown had a noisy confrontation with a valet that allegedly ripped him off. Earlier this week, Chris Brown spent 45 minutes in jail for a hit and run incident. 

Longer seizure episodes are more severe and stand to cause more damage than shorter episodes. Repeated seizures also increase the risk of long term damage. It is unlikely that Chris Brown's single seizure will cause any long-term medical complications.

Bernard Chang of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess' Comprehensive Epilepsy Center explains that non-epileptic seizures are triggered by "stress or emotional upset, and they may represent a form of psychological reaction to difficult circumstances." However, symptoms may vary.

"On the mildest end, seizures can lead to brief periods of abnormal sensations while an individual remains awake, while more complicated seizures can cause altered behavior and impaired awareness," Chang says. "The most severe kind of epileptic seizure can lead to loss of consciousness and convulsive movements of the entire body."

No doubt, five years of criticism from the media will take a toll on any celebrity. Recently, Chris Brown announced his retirement from music as soon as he completes his last album.

"Don't worry, mainstream America. After this X album, it'll probably be my last album," Breezy tweeted before later deleting the post. "Being famous is amazing when it's for your music and talent. I'm tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I'm cool and over it!"

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