Epilepsy and you

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Epilepsy and you

  1. 1. Epilepsy and you
  2. 2. What is epilepsy? Disorder of the nervous system. Unusual electrical activity in the brain.
  3. 3. How do you get epilepsy? There is no one reason for epilepsy. Children may have been born with a brain defect. A severe head injury is a more common cause for epilepsy in adults. My insight
  4. 4. Types of epilepsy Absence seizures- Also known as staring spells, the person having this type of seizure causes them to stare off into space. Generalized- Seizure activity in the whole brain causes the person to pass-out Partial- Seizure activity in a small brain, the person is aware but unable to communicate with people. Tonic-clonic- Also known as Grand- Mal, this seizure makes the person having it go rigid and have small muscle jerks. My insight
  5. 5. NO KNOWN CURE There is no known cure for epilepsy. Medications are available and is highly recommended. Medications may stop you from having seizures. Surgery? My insight
  6. 6. Some Activities that May Trigger a Seizure Stress Flashing bright colors Excessive happiness My insight
  7. 7. Dangers That Epileptics Face May not be able to drive a carWear a helmetBe careful when going on amusement park rides.My insight
  8. 8. Animals Special dogs can detect when someone is going to have a seizure. They can know this up to seven hours before the person has it. Can NOT be trained to do this.

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