Seizure, a shock that passes from one end of the body to the other, or strands the brain’s activities, is a neurological condition that feels like a shock wave in the entire body. Epilepsy is just multiple repetitions of the same.
Well, the most known fact about epilepsy is that it causes uncontrollable jerking and the person may become unconscious. However, that’s not the only thing that happens. There’s much more. In fact, there are different types of epileptic seizures. So, before we go ahead into more about epilepsy, let’s have a crisp understanding of what is, and what causes it.
Epilepsy. What is it?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where the activity of the brain’s nerve cells is abnormal. The person may seem normal, but their brain either completely shuts down for a few minutes or has an abnormal electrical activity that passes through the entire body.
What Causes An Epileptic Seizure?
When there is a disruption in the signals that reach the brain, there’s a complete chaos that occurs in the nervous system. This is what causes seizures. Now, there could be many reasons for this to happen, and there are various kinds of epileptic seizures too. Let’s quickly glance at the common causes.
1. Genetic History: People with certain specific genes can be extra sensitive to environmental conditions that can trigger epileptic seizures.
2. Brain Injury Or Medical Conditions: Any medical condition that causes even slightest of damage to the brain can result in the person to develop epilepsy.
These conditions involve:
- Brain tumours
- Brain strokes
- Viral encephalitis
- Head trauma
3. Developmental problems: Epilepsy can also be associated with people with autism and other similar conditions.
4. Infectious diseases: Infectious diseases like AIDS, HIV, bacterial meningitis etc., affect the functioning of the brain, and that further causes epilepsy.
5. Prenatal injury: Prenatal injuries refer to factors that affect the growth and development of the baby inside the womb. For instance, if the mother contracts an infectious disease, poor nutrition, improper oxygen supply. These factors can cause damage to the brain, resulting in epilepsy, and other conditions like cerebral palsy.
Now that the causes of epilepsy are clear, there’s much more to understand about epilepsy. It is a condition that weakens the person over time physically as well as emotionally. There are many types of seizures that occur in different ways and have an unexplainable effect on people. Some seizures involve sudden jerking and some involve the entire body to suddenly pause. It seems like the brain has paused or a gadget that just hung.
How Can You Recognise An Epileptic Person?
- Talking about epilepsy the only thing that strikes us is the person will have convulsive jerking. Well, not everyone who has epilepsy has convulsions. Repetitive shaking, stammering or fumbling while talking, blank staring, chewing, etc., are types of seizure attacks.
- The dramatic epileptic seizures usually occur when both sides of the brain have a seizure at the same time.
- An epileptic seizure is like a sudden rush of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Once the seizure is over, the individual’s brain is unable to function for a period. This could last from a few minutes to a few days.
Relevance Of Epilepsy
- According to research and a medical survey conducted the Epilepsy Foundation, regular medication can control an average of 7 out of 10 people who have epilepsy.
- If you’re wondering how common epilepsy is, it is one of the most common neurological disorders worldwide, with approximately 50 million people having it. This has been confirmed by the World Health Organisation.
- On an average, about 87 people worldwide are diagnosed with epilepsy on a daily basis.
- Photosensitivity is a common symptom of epilepsy in many people. So, watch out.
Dealing With Epilepsy Emotionally
Every health problem causes stress, and severe health conditions adversely affect the emotional wellbeing of a person. Epilepsy can stress you out emotionally because the problem seems embarrassing to most. However, what’s important is that if you talk to a person with epilepsy, there’s a lot that can be done to control the sudden seizures.
With all the misery that epilepsy comes with, there’s still good news. Seizure control recreation and relaxing techniques, and exercise can reduce stress and improve the mood of the individual resulting in seizure control. This, as a result, helps the person lead an active lifestyle.
While medication has its own importance, emotional comfort is equally important. The reason being, epilepsy can drain a person’s mental activity so much that it could result in problems like anxiety, Low self-esteem, depression and lead them to react. These reactions can be aggressive. So, talking to someone you trust, and feel could be of some help is a good choice.
Certain lifestyle changes and a few people to trust are good enough to deal with epilepsy. We, at Vinn Hospitals, are just a call away. Call now and our experts shall be more than happy to help you.
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