Epilepsy is a blanket term for a seizure disorder. A seizure can be defined as periods of excessive electrical activity in the brain that affect the entire nervous system. During a seizure, a person loses all control of body function and movement. The person is unaware of their surroundings is unable to remember the events during the seizure and the period immediately following. There are two major classifications of seizures and many subclasses. Grand Mal Seizures are the most well-known type of seizure. A typical grand mal involves an uncontrollable jerking of the entire body. The seizure can last from a few seconds to several minutes. This sort of seizure is very frightening to observe. If a person is having a gran mal seizure, observers should move objects out of the seizing person's immediate area. Do not attempt to restrain the person, and do not attempt to put something in their mouth. Observers should also attempt to time the length of the seizure, if possible. It is also helpful to note if the patient had lost bladder control or obtained injury during the seizure. Petit Mal seizures(absence seizures)are much less dramatic, as a matter of fact, they may go entirely unnoticed by observers or the Person experiencing the seizure. During the seizure, the afflicted person will probably just appear to be "daydreaming". Again, he is unaware of his surroundings and unable to controll his body. Many people with seizure disorders experience a phenemonon called an aura. An aura can be a smell or a headache or just "a funny feeling" in the minutes or seconds preceding the seizure. Most people don't recognize their aura until after they have experienced more than one seizure. Auras are a helpful warning sign that may give the patient adequate time to find a safe place and to warn others. Some seizures are isolated events, some are a life long disorder. Fortunately, most seizures can be controlled with medications. A patient with a seizure disorder must understand that he must adhere faithfully to his medication regime, as well as periodic blood testing and visits with his doctor. People with seizure disorders can live a long, healthy, normal life if they work closely with their doctor.
What is Epilepsy?: a good basic description of what epilepsy is.
Epilepsy Education: How to teach others about Epilepsy
The Epilepsy Society of North West Florida: support, education, and help for those that have Epilepsy.
Drug Treatmant of Epilepsy: A pretty advanced site explaining antiseizure medications.
Epilepsy in Young Children: Information geared toward children with seizures.
Epilepsy Connections.: A great Page, and a fellow "Best of Medical Pod" winner.
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