What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological health condition that is accompanied by various types of seizures. Epilepsy can affect nearly every living thing. Men, women, children, your pets, and animals in the wild are not immune to epileptic disorders.
According to Brisbane’s Epilepsy Tasmania organization, there are over 50 million individuals globally that have been diagnosed with epilepsy. Treatment is in the form of specific medications or surgical procedures that help to control the seizures when they occur. However, children who develop epilepsy earlier in life can often outgrow the seizures.
What are the main causes of epilepsy?
As a disorder or disease that affects the brain, epilepsy results from anything that affects its electrical motors or impulses. The causes of epilepsy are a varied environment with common causes identified below:
• Brain inflammations or diseases like meningitis
• Childbirth or prenatal Injuries
• Head trauma
• Metabolism changes
• Vascular disorders like a stroke and other unknown causes
What are the symptoms of epilepsy?
Epilepsy and its symptoms are categorized by its vary seizure symptoms:
• Grand-Mal: you lose consciousness, your muscles begin to jerk, your jaws clamp down where you bite your tongue, you may lose bowel contents. If it continues for more than two minutes you go into a catatonic state.
• Petit Mal: you simply stare without movement for several seconds. This can occur throughout the day with no other symptoms.
• Myoclonic: your body jerks violently for a couple of seconds and then stops.
• Clonic: your arms and legs begin jerking for a few seconds before you stop.
• Tonic: you cannot move because your muscles suddenly stiffen for a few seconds.
• Atonic: you are conscious but suddenly your arms and legs give way for a few minutes.
• Focal: this type of seizure carries two categories called “simple” and “complex.” Simple seizures are severe. You are conscious but you can’t speak or move. There may also be muscle jerking throughout the body occurring simultaneously. The seizures last for a minute or less. Complex seizures place you in a dreamlike state. You can walk or become fidgety without realizing it. Complex seizures last for a minute or less.
• Secondarily Generalized: similar to a focal seizure, a secondarily generalized seizure renders you unconscious with convulsions.
Can you suddenly develop epilepsy?
The answer is Yes! This is because the brain can become affected by a car accident or a sports injury to the brain. The causes of epilepsy make this question a viable concept. Epilepsy and its seizure symptoms can occur in any person and at any age as a result of our social and environmental conditions.