Epilepsy

What is Epilepsy ?

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, it is unprovoked seizures. Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may have other symptoms or neurological problems as well. Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that causes seizures.

What You Should Do If You Have Epilepsy

  • Get plenty sleep at least 8 hours

  • stick to a regular sleeping schedule

  • Avoid taking drugs and consuming alcohol

  • Take all prescribed medicine

  • Avoid bright flashing lights, So try to skip tv and computer time

  • Try to stick to a healthy diet

Triggers

Try to know your triggers of your seizures, some triggers are

  • alcohol or drug abuse

  • Also if you’re in the process of quitting alcohol or drugs

  • Change in sleep schedules, for example if you went to bed at 8 one night then 10 the next, this could be a trigger. //

  • skipping a missing a dose of anti-seizure medication

  • lights that flash brightly, watching tv, playing video or computer games, or working on a computer.

Facts

1. Epilepsy is usually not a lifelong disorder

2. The official color for Epilepsy Awareness is Lavender

3. About 1 in 20 epileptics are sensitive to flickering light, or called photosensitive epilepsy.

4. Everyone is born with a seizure threshold. If your threshold is high, you are less likely to have a seizure.

5. Epilepsy can affect people in very different ways

6. 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

7. Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system that affects 2.5 million Americans.

8. People with epilepsy should not be called "epileptics"

9. Many people develop epilepsy as children or teens. Others develop it later in life.

10. A brain injury, such as from a car crash or bike accident can cause epilepsy

Citations

"Epilepsy." KidsHealth. Ed. Harry S. Abram. The Nemours Foundation, 01 June 2013. Web. 12 June 2015. <http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/brain_nervous/epilepsy.html#>.


"Preventing Epilepsy Seizures." EverydayHealth.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 June 2015. <http://www.everydayhealth.com/epilepsy/preventing-epilepsy-seizures.aspx>.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 July 2014. Web. 12 June 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/index.html>.