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My female friend seems to stare into nothing lasting a couple of seconds to 10 minutes. At a time. When she comes around from this she has no idea where she is or where she is going or what happened before. She can be talking on the phone to someone or can be talking to you and then nothing. Any ideas please as to what this could be

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    Hi we are not doctors here and can't guess.  I think this is worrying and she needs to see a doctor to get a diagnosis.  Can you get her to go?   x
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    Hi David,

    I had a friend who experienced these absences as a result of epilepsy. These absences were the mild seizures she would get fairly frequently if her medication needed to be adjusted. It was slightly different because my friend would not realise she had been unresponsive and would pick up as if nothing had happened. She would sometimes continue talking without making much sense. If no-one said anything she would not know it had happened.

    I'd urge your friend to see a doctor, probably without mentioning what I've said so as not to frighten her. If it is epilepsy it can usually be treated effectively with pills, and shouldn't interrupt her life, but she absolutely can't drive while she is getting absences. There's also a possibility that a larger seizure may happen. The doctor will also want to send her for a scan to find out if there is something triggering them. 

    I'm not a doctor and there could be lots of other diagnoses that fit the description, it just sounds familiar. 

    If she's worried, could you go with her to any appointments? 

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