According to medical research over 180,000 people have been diagnosed with epilepsy every single year. Anyone who has epileptic seizures or who has witnessed someone having one of these seizures find it very frightening and even embarrassing. During these seizures they will lose consciousness and will jerk around without knowing they are. They may even experience certain unwanted feelings of fear.
Most people will develop epileptic symptoms when they are young children or teenagers. However, there are some people who will develop it later in life depending on what has caused the condition. Some people with the epileptic condition will find that their seizures will become less frequent over time.
Epileptic (or epilepsy) is a chronic neurological disorder. Doctors have not been able to discover one cause for this condition. All they know is that there are quite a few factors that can lead to this rather scary condition.
- Infection that has attacked the development of the brain of a baby during pregnancy
- Brain injury from an accident
- Brain tumors
- Alcohol poisoning
- Lead poisoning
- Not enough oxygen carried to a baby during pregnancy
Epileptic patients are not contagious and can in no way pass the condition to other people. Unlike some medical diseases this cannot be passed down through the genetics of our parents. However, there is a higher risk that someone who comes from a family that has a history of seizures may have certain symptoms of the condition.
People who suffer from this disease can be treated using epileptic medication or a type of epileptic surgery. Depending on the severity of your epileptic seizures, lifestyle, and other health conditions will determine the treatment your doctor will choose for you. Some have proven to be more beneficial to certain people while others will not respond to the epileptic drugs they are being given.