25 Intriguing Facts About Epilepsy

Being the fourth common neurological disorder, you probably know someone who is lives with epilepsy. Characterized by recurrent seizures, epilepsy is treatable with modern medication.

Unfortunately, there is no cure, but the symptoms can be managed in a way that allows people to live their fullest lives relatively uninterrupted.

There is much and more we do not yet know about epilepsy, like what exactly causes it. Sometimes it is a singular disorder, while other times it is an effect of another illness.

There are even different types of seizures, and they can occur during different parts of the day. Piqued your curiosity? Read on for 25 Facts About Epilepsy.

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An umbrella term

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Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. It is a spectrum disease with a wide range of types of seizures.

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It's described as...

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Epilepsy is the tendency to experience repeated seizures that start in the brain. It is usually only diagnosed after the person has had more than one seizure.

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All of the lights

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Only about 3% of people with epilepsy will be affected by flashing lights, called photosensitive epilepsy.

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It's always the Greeks

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The Greek philosopher Hippocrates (460-377 BC) was the first person to think that the source of epilepsy was in the brain.

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Nocturnal and diurnal

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Some people experience seizures while they are awake, but it is also possible for people to have them while sleeping.

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Different reactions

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Seizures do not always take the form of convulsions. Some people seem vacant, and they may even wander around or seem confused during a seizure.

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As if hormonal changes weren't bad enough

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Women can struggle more with epilepsy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make it more difficult to manage, especially if the medication could harm the child.

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Different types

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Epilepsy can affect people in different ways. Many people with epilepsy may experience multiple different types of seizures.

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Keeps you guessing

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The cause of seizures is usually completely unknown, though epilepsy can sometimes be related to a brain injury or family tendency.

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An acronym

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It is possible to die from epilepsy. Though rare in itself, the most common cause of death is “sudden unexpected death in epilepsy” (SUDEP).

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Suddenly and unexpectedly

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Little is known about SUDEP, but experts estimate that 1 out of every 1,000 people with epilepsy die because of it each year. People can also die from prolonged seizures.
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Emergency

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An estimated 22,000 to 42,000 deaths in the U.S. occur from these types of seizure emergencies each year.

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Two's a crowd

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Epilepsy can occur as a singular condition, or seen with other conditions affecting the brain, such as cerebral palsy.c

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You probably know someone

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Epilepsy is not rare. About 3.4 million adults and children live with epilepsy in the United States.

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Untreatable

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Unfortunately, medications do not always work on all cases of epilepsy. In the United States, there are as many as one million people with uncontrolled epilepsy.

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Coping skills

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Epilepsy is a chronic medical problem for which there is no cure. But with proper medication, patients can be successfully treated.

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Just like you

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Unless the condition is severe or goes untreated, people with epilepsy can do the same jobs and live their lives just like anyone else.

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Everyone is equal

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Anyone, regardless of age or background, can develop epilepsy. It is just as common as the elderly as it is in children.

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A no-brainer

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Being a neurological disorder, epilepsy is not contagious. You cannot catch it or pass it on to someone else.
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Don't panic

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Restraining someone experiencing a seizure can be very harmful. Most seizures end on their own within seconds or minutes, so remove objects that could cause injury and follow basic first aid rules.

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No really, don't

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Never try to force something into the mouth of a person experiencing a seizure. The correct response is to simply roll them on their side and provide support for their head.

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Hold your tongue

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There is a myth surrounding the seizures that during an epileptic seizure, you will risk swallowing your tongue. This myth is about as fake as they come, for it is physically impossible.

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The wonders of modern medicine

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The first medication used to treat epilepsy was phenobarbitone in 1912. There are now over 25 different types of medications available.
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Growing up

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Very few children who experience a seizure will develop epilepsy. Most of the time they will not experience a second seizure.

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Spontaneity is the best cure

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Some people may experience their epilepsy going away, and they may stop having seizures altogether. This is called spontaneous remission.



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