March is a month that is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy; that means being aware of the symptoms, the effects, and what can be done to help. For starters how about a few helpful facts from epilepsy.ca
- Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder – a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures.
- Epilepsy is a disorder, not a disease; it is not contagious.
- Each day in Canada, an average of 42 people learn that they have epilepsy.
- Events that may trigger seizures include: stress, poor nutrition, flickering lights, skipping meals, illness, fever and allergies, lack of sleep, emotions such as anger, worry, fear and others, heat and/or humidity.
If someone is having a seizure then an Epilepsy Facebook Group “Epilepsy Education and Support” recommends the following.
This can affect someones life in some drastic ways; they can miss out on birthdays, social gatherings, movies, sporting events, just about anything with flashing lights involved. Though not everyone affected reacts to flashing lights. Nor do they all lose consciousness.
There are currently few treatments aside from long term drug therapy which is not a cure and can have some serious side effects, or brain surgery in some rare and extreme cases.
If you would like to know more or be more involved a few links for you are:
And March 26 is Purple Day more on that here.