When to worry about staring spells
Wendy Mitchell, child neurologist, talks about the difference between petit mal and just simple staring spells. She differentiates seizures that interrupt action behavior from just simply staring off into space because of boredom.
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Wendy Mitchell, MD
Pediatrician, Neurology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Wendy Mitchell, MD, is Professor of Clinical Neurology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She is acting Division Head of Neurology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where she has practiced for over 30 years. She is a native of Los Angeles. Her current research interests include cognitive and behavioral aspects of childhood epilepsy, clinical research in anticonvulsants, and a rare immune-mediated syndrome, opsoclonus-myoclonus (or dancing eyes syndrome). In her free time she enjoys scuba diving and yoga.