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Epilepsy Quick Facts

Topic: General Information About Epilepsy

  • Q: What is Epilepsy
  • Q: Is Epilepsy a disease?
  • Q: What is a seizure?
  • Q: What is an aura?

Topic: People with Epilepsy

  • Q: What kind of people have Epilepsy?
  • Q: How many people have Epilepsy?
  • Q: Does Epilepsy strike at any particular age?

Topic: Types of Seizures

  • Q: Are there different types of seizures?
  • Q: What is the difference between focal and generalized seizures?
  • Q: What are focal seizures?
  • Q: What are focal dyscognitive seizures?
  • Q: What are absence (petit mal) seizures?
  • Q: What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?
  • Q: What are other types of seizures?
  • Q: What are "status" seizures?
  • Q: What are pseudo-seizures?
  • Q: How do you distinguish epileptic seizures from pseudo-seizures?
  • Q: Can seizures occur if a person does not have Epilepsy?
  • Q: How long do the seizures last?

Topic: Causes and Triggers

  • Q: What causes Epilepsy?
  • Q: Is Epilepsy inherited?
  • Q: Is Epilepsy contagious?
  • Q: Is it caused by a virus?
  • Q: Can certain things trigger seizures?

Topic: First Aid for Seizures

  • Q: How can I help someone who is having a seizure?
  • Q: What if my child has a seizure during their sleep?

Topic: Diagnosis

  • Q: How is Epilepsy diagnosed?
  • Q: What types of doctors can diagnose and treat Epilepsy?
  • Q: Can a person with Epilepsy have a false negative EEG?
  • Q: Can a person have a false positive EEG for Epilepsy.
  • Q: Is my child having absence seizures or just day dreaming?
  • Q: What conditions are sometimes misdiagnosed as Epilepsy?
  • Q: Can seizures go unnoticed?

Topic: Treatments

  • Q: Is there a cure for Epilepsy?
  • Q: Is it fatal?
  • Q: What kinds of treatments are available?
  • Q: Are there drug treatments for Epilepsy?
  • Q: Do these drugs have side effects?
  • Q: What is a "blood level"?
  • Q: What are the symptoms of a drug level being too high- Toxicity?
  • Q: How much do the drugs cost?
  • Q: Is it necessary for all people with Epilepsy to be on medication?
  • Q: When is surgery used to treat Epilepsy?
  • Q: What is the likelihood that my child will outgrow a seizure disorder?
  • Q: Is there a special diet for people with Epilepsy?
  • Q: What is a Ketogenic diet?

Topic: Living with Epilepsy

  • Q: Can people living with epilepsy lead normal lives?
  • Q: What can people with epilepsy do to help their health?
  • Q: Who should know that I have epilepsy?
  • Q: Is there prejudice against people with epilepsy?
  • Q: Are there any problems having children?
  • Q: Can medications for controlling Epilepsy harm a nursing baby?
  • Q: Can people living with Epilepsy drive a car?
  • Q: Can people living with Epilepsy go swimming?
  • Q: Can Epilepsy lead to problems at school?
  • Q: Can Epilepsy cause emotional problems?
  • Q: Can Epilepsy lead to problems with self-esteem?

Topic: Working With Epilepsy

  • Q: What occupations are not appropriate for people with Epilepsy?
  • Q: Can people with Epilepsy fly a plane?
  • Q: Is there a problem with job safety?
  • Q: Can an employer ask about Epilepsy on a job application?
  • Q: Can an employer ask about Epilepsy during a job interview?
  • Q: Can I be fired because I have Epilepsy?
  • Q: Can people with Epilepsy get social assistance?

Topic: Epilepsy and Other Disorders

  • Q: Is Epilepsy related to other neurological problems?
  • Q: Is Epilepsy related to mental illness?
  • Q: Can Epilepsy affect intelligence?
  • Q: Is there a link between memory loss and Epilepsy?
  • Q: Is Epilepsy related to Autism?
  • Q: Are there any diseases/conditions persons with Epilepsy more prone to?

Topic: Miscellaneous

  • Q: Do animals get Epilepsy?
  • Q: Can dogs sense a seizure in humans before it occurs?

FAQ's Adapted from Andrew Patrick, Ph.D. andrew@calvin.dgbt.doc.ca

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