How to Live with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that is characterized by the development of seizures. It affects the brain. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, it occurs in early life and before the age of 20 years. Epilepsy can be detected by a number of characteristics.

It is a disease characterized by paroxysmal disorder and personality change. The causes of epilepsy are: birth trauma, fetal brain damage, neural infections in children etc. Epilepsy can also be hereditary or related to any disease – a brain tumor, vascular disorders, etc. Unfortunately, the medication for this disease takes long time.

Instructions

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    If you suspect that someone from your family is ill with epilepsy, pay attention to the presence of seizures. Please note that after the seizure a person with epilepsy does not remember the attack. During the attack, the patient may start biting the tip of the tongue and lose bladder control. Remember that in the case of a small attack, seizures can be mild and absent at all. Loss of consciousness is of short duration and do not necessarily accompanied by a fall. Sometimes seizures can be long lasting and lasts for several hours.

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    Pay attention to behavior of the patient. A patient with epilepsy may have consciousness disorders. His attention is focused only on the emotionally significant events. Possible hallucinations, connecting with the state of anxiety and anger may trigger a suicide attempt or severe aggression against others. Such twilight states arise spontaneously and can last for several days.

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    Many patients suffering with epilepsy focus on their own health and interests. He/she tries to put his/her personal problem above the problem of others. At the same time, the patient may observe visible severe mood swings i.e. from servility to aggression.

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    According to the clinical picture provided by an experienced physician, the diagnosis can only be made after the study of the electrical activity of the brain (EEG). EEG, video monitoring, helps in confirming the nature of epileptic seizures attacks.

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