• A 32-year-old woman was treated for self-induced photosensitive seizures that included strong subjective feelings of pleasure and masturbatory behavior. Electroencephalograms demonstrated generalized polyphasic spike-wave discharges in response to stroboscopic stimulation. The behavioral sequences leading to seizures and the effects of treatment can be explained in terms of operant conditioning theory. Data from human and animal studies indicate a correlation between ictal pleasure or reinforcement and the subject's ability to induce seizures. Ictal pleasure is rare in spontaneous seizures that are not under the control of the patient.
Faught E, Falgout J, Nidiffer FD, Dreifuss FE. Self-induced Photosensitive Absence Seizures With Ictal Pleasure. Arch Neurol. 1986;43(4):408–410. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520040086028
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