New 'Twilight' Movie Triggering Seizures?
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on reports
- Duration 3:16
- Date Nov 25, 2011
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on reports
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The latest movie of the popular twilight series is reportedly causing seizures in some viewers there are reports in different parts of the country.
The trigger appears to be an intense scene that contains flashes of red.
Black and white.
A similar phenomenon was reported after an episode of -- Pokemon TV show back in the 1990s.
Doctor -- -- Remember of these boxes that's eighteen and talks to us about this should we be afraid to go into the movie twilight is it the scene of the graphic nature of the -- Are the -- that's that's -- things towards the birthing scene but I don't actually think it's the -- -- cut out the boar -- parts -- -- -- I think it's the lights we saw with avatar.
It's been studied in video games it's about the black and red flashing lights during the birthing scenes red lights and specific about what causes this now.
It isn't caused by the lights -- want to tell people out there it's actually if you have an underlying tendency.
To have a seizure disorder.
Then it can be triggered by these lights and the problem is you may not know it.
You know if you have a family history of the seizure disorder epilepsy we call it -- you should be checked could you may not know it until the first time it actually happens you this is cold.
And it's actually much more common than you might think a 100000 people in the United States much more common in younger people -- exact exactly younger people.
Girls much more than boys although boys are more likely be playing video games in the first place that might actually trigger this problem.
And it can be very problematic you may just feel like something isn't right if you feel that you're you're getting confused you're not really feeling right you got to back off you got to leave the theater.
Shut down the video game and they don't insult to do -- how close you want the screen how bright the screen is fired from five to thirty.
Per second lights per second -- per second it's -- to the more intensity as the writer it is the more likely -- -- certainly twilight.
And all the blood and twilight now it's supposed to be a vampire but all the blood and twilight.
Or -- I -- read all that -- that you say triggers that I've heard of strobe lights for example being dangerous for newborns and babies that they could cause and so you wanna keep your babies away from that.
But that but the lighting that the fast lighting what is it and that that actually triggers these things if you have an underlying condition.
Well -- it's generally general epilepsy means that the whole -- of things where you're shaking your hunger blackout but -- the temporal lobe of the brain is very very sensitive to light what I find most fascinating about this is that studies in Europe have shown.
But even if only a 100000 people what's in the US may I have this.
It's closer to a million that if you studied them would show some kind of response so in other words you may not have a full seizure but you may not feel right and you may not.
B two healthy in response to this I don't know about this twilight from where I've heard -- a lot of people -- -- Either way -- allow them out on dvd and watch it a lit room instead of in the dark about -- media a solution if you wanna watch -- moving your afraid of the rest that's another tip -- -- lit room.
Far from the screen a smaller screen better and by the way if you actually have a full blown seizure disorder there is a treatment.
-- -- or typical that would actually -- that is I love the doctor you know it is it's great advice doctor Siegel thank you very much for coming in I'm witnessing the movie and you're gonna see it in the theater absolutely.
-- -- -- -- I don't know may be allowed to practice yet but the entirety of -- and movies and but the well.