Epilepsy Awareness-5 Facts about Epilepsy

Hey everyone.  My Epilepsy Awareness series is almost coming
to a close, tomorrow is the last day. 
For today’s 5 for Friday post I wanted to talk about some Epilepsy facts
since I know some people who didn’t even know what it was. 
  1. 1 in 26 Americans will
    develop epilepsy in their lifetime.  An
    estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live
    with epilepsy.  Each year at least 200,000
    people are diagnosed with epilepsy.  In
    two thirds of patients diagnosed, the cause is unknown.
  2. Epilepsy is a chronic
    noncummicable disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages.  Epilepsy is one of the most common
    neurological diseases globally. 
  3. Epilepsy is not contagious
    and is not caused by mental illness or mental retardation.  Sometimes severe seizures can cause brain
    damage.  Epilepsy has many possible
    causes, from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development.
  4. While many forms of epilepsy
    require lifelong treatment to control the seizures, for some people the
    seizures eventually go away.  The odds of
    becoming seizure-free are not as good for adults or for children with severe
    epilepsy syndromes, but it is possible that seizures can decrease over time.
  5. There are different types of
    epilepsy and seizures.  Grand mal
    seizures are the ones you hear most commonly which are the most severe.  Absence, myoclonic, clonic, tonic, and atonic
    are the other types of seizures.
In case you missed this week’s posts, here they are!  I talked about my story with Epilepsy and just all around awareness to this condition.

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