in helping to increase awareness for epilepsy!!
Here is some information to help get you started! Increasing awareness means educating those around on epilepsy, especially dispelling myths and sharing the facts!!
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that from time to time produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain, called seizures. Epilepsy is not a mental disorder. Seizures vary from a momentary disruption of the senses, to short periods of unconsciousness or staring spells, to muscle jerks or convulsions. Some people have just one type of seizure; others have more than one type.
GET THE FACTS: MYTHS VS. FACTS
Myth: Epilepsy can be cured.
Fact: There is no known cure for epilepsy. However, modern treatment methods can achieve full control of seizures in a majority of cases.
Myth: Epilepsy is a lifelong disorder.
Fact: Epilepsy is not necessarily a lifelong disorder. Many persons with epilepsy will not have seizures or require medication all of their lives.
Myth: Persons with epilepsy are “epileptics.”
Fact: Persons with epilepsy are individuals who experience chronic, recurring seizures and prefer being described as a “person with epilepsy.”
Myth: Epilepsy is a psychological condition.
Fact: Epilepsy is a medical condition. Seizures are the result of an excessive and disorderly discharge of electrical energy in the brain.
Myth: You have to be born with epilepsy.
Fact: Epilepsy often first appears in children and young adults, although anyone can develop epilepsy at any time.
Myth: You can’t prevent epilepsy.
Fact: While no specific cause can be pinpointed, in some cases, severe head injuries experienced in falling from a bicycle or sustained in an automobile accident, have been identified.
Myth: You should put an object, such as a spoon, in the mouth of a person having a seizure to keep them from swallowing their tongue.
Fact: Nothing should be placed in the person’s mouth. While it is not physically possible to swallow one’s tongue, if the tongue is relaxed, it could block the breathing passage. Therefore, the person should be turned on his side so the tongue falls away and to the side.
Myth: Epilepsy is rare.
Fact: Approximately 2 million Americans have epilepsy and statistics show that 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
Myth: Epilepsy is contagious.
Fact: Epilepsy is NOT contagious.
Did you know?
According to the latest Institute of Medicine study, 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
Without warning, seizures can happen to anyone at any age. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy.
In the US, epilepsy is as common as breast cancer.
1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime.
There are 150,000 Georgians living with epilepsy, 65 million people worldwide living with epilepsy.
- Epilepsy is equal in prevalence to cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined.
- Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer's.
- 1 in 3 adults know someone with epilepsy.
- There are approximately 65 million people worldwide with epilepsy.
- Over 150,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed annually in the US.
- There are more than 2 million Americans living with epilepsy.