History UsefulNotes / Epilepsy

2nd Jan '15 6:12:48 PM RevolutionStone
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. [[ParanoiaFuel ''You'']] may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. [[ParanoiaFuel ''You'']] ''[[ParanoiaFuel You]]'' may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.
2nd Jan '15 6:12:16 PM RevolutionStone
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. [[ParanoiaFuel ''You'']] may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.
1st Nov '14 9:00:09 PM RevolutionStone
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There is also ''temporal lobe'' epilepsy, where seizures can present as dissociative episodes and/or hallucinations/seeing visions/ HearingVoices or music or sound, and which is notorious both for misdiagnosis (as a dissociative disorder such as fugue, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder due to dissociation, as schizoaffective or schizophrenic due to hallucinations/visions/voices/music/sounds), creating compulsive artistic behavior specifically around writing/painting/drawing/composing music/all of the above, and for violence (as the seizures are far less dramatic/obvious, and yet someone in one is just as unresponsive to commands - including those from authorities or law enforcement or parents or whomever - as someone having a grand mal seizure - yet their behavior is often misread as threatening or willfully disobedient, and you can see where that can go with AbusiveParents or with police, for example)
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There is also ''temporal lobe'' epilepsy, where seizures can present as dissociative episodes and/or hallucinations/seeing visions/ HearingVoices or music or sound, and which is notorious both for misdiagnosis (as a dissociative disorder such as fugue, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder due to dissociation, as schizoaffective or schizophrenic due to hallucinations/visions/voices/music/sounds), creating compulsive artistic behavior specifically around writing/painting/drawing/composing music/all of the above, and for violence (as the seizures are far less dramatic/obvious, and yet someone in one is just as unresponsive to commands - including those from authorities or law enforcement or parents or whomever - as someone having a grand mal seizure - yet their behavior is often misread as threatening or willfully disobedient, and you can see where that can go with AbusiveParents or with police, for example) example) [[note]] A fairly good way to determine if you are possibly misdiagnosed and should see a neurologist rather than/along with a psychiatrist is the absence of the ''other'' symptoms of the non-epileptic condition. For example, if you have "trippy" auditory or visual hallucinations/perceptual disturbances but you ''don't'' have paranoid ideation or the "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, you may actually have temporal lobe epilepsy and a neurologist consultation would be a very good idea.[[/note]]
26th Jul '14 3:54:26 PM RevolutionStone
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Use of alcohol, cocaine/amphetamines/related drugs, or PCP (or alternately GoingColdTurkey from alcohol or from the benzodiazipines such as Xanax or Klonopin or Valium) can precipitate a seizure, make medications less effective in diagnosed epileptics, and/or lead to a "worse" form of seizure (e.g. a normally "petit mal" epileptic has a temporal lobe seizure or ConvulsiveSeizures.)
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Use of alcohol, cocaine/amphetamines/related drugs, or PCP (or alternately GoingColdTurkey from alcohol or from the benzodiazipines such as Xanax or Klonopin or Valium) can precipitate a seizure, seizure even in someone without epilepsy, make medications less effective in diagnosed epileptics, and/or lead to a "worse" form of seizure (e.g. a normally "petit mal" epileptic person has a temporal lobe seizure or ConvulsiveSeizures.)
26th Jul '14 3:53:18 PM RevolutionStone
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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure. Animals can have seizures. In most cases the exact cause is unknown, although most people can detect one coming on. A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication. Brain surgery is considered a last resort, and only for the few people who have epilepsy concentrated in one part of their brain.
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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure. Animals can have seizures. In most cases the exact cause is unknown, although most people can detect one coming on. Use of alcohol, cocaine/amphetamines/related drugs, or PCP (or alternately GoingColdTurkey from alcohol or from the benzodiazipines such as Xanax or Klonopin or Valium) can precipitate a seizure, make medications less effective in diagnosed epileptics, and/or lead to a "worse" form of seizure (e.g. a normally "petit mal" epileptic has a temporal lobe seizure or ConvulsiveSeizures.) A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication. Brain surgery is considered a last resort, and only for the few people who have epilepsy concentrated in one part of their brain.
28th Apr '14 5:00:16 AM Tightwire
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First aid for epilepsy is not too difficult. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. Someone having a seizure can not swallow his tongue, and you should never put anything in his mouth. In addition, holding someone down or restraining a person who is having a seizure is dangerous and can lead to combative behaviors.
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First aid for epilepsy is not too difficult. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. Someone having a seizure can not swallow his tongue, and you should never put anything in his mouth. In addition, holding Holding someone down or restraining a person who is having a seizure is dangerous and can lead to combative behaviors. behaviors. It is known for them to get parts of their body trapped in furniture while becoming so tense that they cannot be moved, in which case, you will simply have to wait. Someone having a seizure cannot swallow their tongue, although they may bite it. Never, ever put any foreign object in their mouth, since they may choke, break their teeth, and in the case of your fingers, it has been known for them to bite down ''to the bone.''

* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home by himself.
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* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home by himself. home.
28th Apr '14 4:47:58 AM Tightwire
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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure, and in most cases the cause is unknown. A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication, brain surgery and other methods.
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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure, and in seizure. Animals can have seizures. In most cases the exact cause is unknown.unknown, although most people can detect one coming on. A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication, brain medication. Brain surgery is considered a last resort, and other methods. only for the few people who have epilepsy concentrated in one part of their brain.
28th Apr '14 4:45:14 AM Tightwire
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Second, there are many types of seizure and a wide variety in seizure frequency. Some people just "blank out" for a few seconds without anyone else even realizing he or she had just been through a seizure. Involuntary muscle movements in seizures have a great deal of variance. Muscle spasms in a seizure might be limited to slight shakiness in one hand. It might also not be simply random spasms, but instead for instance repeatedly lowering and raising an arm. The most dramatic seizures with a person falling down on the ground and thrashing around do occur, but rarely.
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Second, there are many types of seizure and a wide variety in seizure frequency. Some people just "blank out" for a few seconds without anyone else even realizing he or she had just been through a seizure. Involuntary muscle movements in seizures have a great deal of variance. Muscle spasms in a seizure might be limited to slight shakiness in one hand. It might also not be simply random spasms, but instead for instance repeatedly lowering and raising an arm. The most dramatic seizures with a person falling down on the ground and thrashing around do occur, but rarely. are only one of the types, and the people who have this kind every twenty minutes are in the most extreme minority.
31st Mar '14 2:00:28 AM RevolutionStone
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!! Response to potential temporal lobe and/or petit mal seizure events:
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\n* Non-generalized tonic-clonic seizures involve convulsions/numbness, but only of some locations (e.g. an arm or leg goes numb or shakes, one side of the body twitches, one side of the face twitches...) - the entire body does not fall and the person may be blacked out OR have some degree of awareness. These can easily be confused with strokes (and often happen as a result of strokes, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, or other brain damage as well as epilepsy.) !! Response to potential temporal lobe and/or petit mal and/or other seizure events:
31st Mar '14 1:54:18 AM RevolutionStone
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* Petit mal seizures tend to present as blackouts or "going on autopilot" with no memory of the incident, leading to their other name of "absence seizures." Unlike temporal lobe, the person isn't dissociated/hallucinating/similar usually, but often "staring into space" or "nodding out" or doing a repetitive activity on "autopilot" with no memory of where they were or what they were doing.
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