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|Symptoms of Epilepsy
||Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures, which tend to recur spontaneously. These seizures occur when there is an electrical disturbance in the brain, and the signals it sends to the body become mixed up, rather like an electrical storm in the brain.|
There are many different types of seizure, usually divided into two categories - generalised or partial. Typically a seizure may last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Partial seizure - affects only part of the brain. Consciousness is not lost in a simple partial seizure; consciousness is impaired in a complex partial seizure.
Generalised seizures affect the whole brain, and often involve a loss of consciousness. They include the Tonic Clonic seizure where the person falls down, and their body stiffens and shakes; the Atonic seizure where the body goes floppy rather than stiff; the Absence seizure, which usually shows itself in a blank stare lasting a few seconds; the Myoclonic seizure, which is very brief and involves a muscle jerk.
|Useful national contacts||Epilepsy Action
Helpline: 0808 800 5050
Find local branches and groups:
• Epilepsy Action meets at The Brain Charity on the last Thursday of the month
Helpline: 01494 601400
David Lewis Centre For Epilepsy
Tel. 01565 640000
Seizure Alert Dogs
The Daisy Garland - charity offering help and support to those whose lives are touched by drug-resistant epilepsy
Mersey Regional Epilepsy Association
SUDEP Action: Making every epilepsy death count
|Children & young people||
Epilepsy Action: Just for kids
Epilepsy info for kids
Guide to Epilepsy and PIP (The Brain Charity)
What to do when someone has a seizure (Epilepsy Action)
First Aid for seizures - Epilepsy Action video (YouTube)
Free smartphone app to help manage your epilepsy (Epilepsy Society)
EpSMon - award-winning self-monitoring App designed for adults who experience seizure
Free e-learning resources from Epilepsy Action
You may be entitled to free or discounted travel if your seizures mean you can’t have a driving licence (Epilepsy Society)
Medical cannabis products available on prescription (BBC, November 2018)
The 100,000 Genomes Project is looking for people with Epilepsy for research into their DNA and genes
"Husband programmes smartwatch to detect wife's seizures" (January 2016)
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Epilepsy and on a wide range of disability-related issues.