Epilepsy is a type of chronic disorder which can be seen in the form of recurrent and unprovoked seizures. Many individuals with epilepsy have more than one particular type of seizure and may have many other symptoms of neurological conditions as well.
Clinical history, EEG testing and family's history are similar among a particular group of people with epilepsy sometimes. In these situations, their condition is defined as a specific epilepsy syndrome.
Although a seizure can affect all or any part of the human body, the electrical activities that produce the symptoms occur in the human brain. The location of that activity, how it spreads all over and which part of the brain is affected and how much, and how long it lasts etc all have a great effect.
Having seizures and epilepsy can affect an individuals safety, relationships with friends & family, work life and so much more. Public perception of what epilepsy is and treatment of the people suffering from epilepsy are often bigger problems to deal with than the actual seizures.
Symptoms Of Epilepsy
- Whole body: fainting or/and fatigue
- Muscular: muscle contractions or muscle spasms
- Cognitive: mental confusion or amnesia
- Sensory: aura or pins and needles
- Psychological: fear or depression
Sometimes patient may have headache, sleepiness, staring spells seizures, anxiety, blank stare, or temporary paralysis after a seizure
Causes Of Epilepsy
- Brain infections
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain Tumors
- Drug Abuse
- Infants with abnormal brain structures
- Premature Infants
- Family History
How is Epilepsy Treated?
The majority of epileptic seizures can be treated by medication solely, mainly by anticonvulsant drugs. The type of treatment followed will depend on a variety of factors, which includes the frequency and severity of the seizures and the individuals age, overall health, and medical history. An accurate diagnosis of the type of epilepsy is also important for choosing the best course of treatment. It can also be treated through drugs and many generic yet safe drugs are available for its treatment. This is a serious condition and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
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