November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

As November comes to a close, we hope you enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and we would like to bring light to this disease.

Epilepsy affects about three million people in the United States and is caused by various reasons. Worldwide 50 million people are affected by Epilepsy.

Epilepsy Foundation states that, “Seizures are symptoms of abnormal brain function. With the exception of very young children and the elderly, the cause of the abnormal brain function is usually not identifiable.”

Symptomatic seizures are called that when they can be linked to identifiable diseases or brain abnormalities.

Cryptogenic seizures are diagnosed when no cause for the seizures can be found. Idiopathic or primary seizures are diagnosed when a genetic (or family) cause for the seizures is suspected. When it is necessary to classify epilepsy according to cause, similar terms are used.

Causes of seizures (and sometimes epilepsy) are further divided into acute and remote causes. This sub-classification depends on whether there is active brain disease (an acute cause) or whether the brain abnormality is the result of an injury caused by a previous event (in which case it would be called remote). For example, if a child with meningitis experiences seizures during the illness, they would be termed acute symptomatic seizures. If that same child developed seizures 2 years afterwards, she would be diagnosed as having remote symptomatic epilepsy.

Many acute symptomatic causes of seizures may, if severe enough, continue to produce recurring seizures (chronic epilepsy) later on.

Head Injury and Genetic Factors can also cause seizures

Several individuals live their daily lives unaffected by epilepsy and try to have a normal daily routine.

Treatments vary for epilepsy. There are medications, brain surgery, Vagus nerve stimulation, and ketogenic diet.

Many of our patients, adult and geriatric, suffer from seizures. Art of Care constantly tries to bring awareness and teaching mechanisms to different treatment plans and triggers.

The medical community is always making strides through research and trials to improve the quality of awareness and quality care in terms of epilepsy awareness.

To read more on the epilepsy, please visit: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

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  1. Marcia says:

    My very close cousin just got diagnosed and I am currently researching about it. I came up on your site, thank you for the info!

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