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Join Us as We Observe National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Join Us as We Observe National Epilepsy Awareness

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month; let’s all learn more about this condition and find out how we can get involved this month.

National Epilepsy Awareness Month is an annual designation recognized in November.  This month looks to educate the public about this condition and dispel some common misconceptions about epilepsy and seizures.  Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by sudden, unpredictable seizures.  While epilepsy can be caused by brain injury or family history, more often than not, the cause of epilepsy is unknown.  While epilepsy can affect an individual’s safety, relationships, driving, work, and so on, the misconceptions of epilepsy often cause larger problems than the actual symptoms of the disorder.  This National Epilepsy Awareness Month, let’s do our part to dispel some of these misconceptions by sharing these facts about epilepsy.

Not Every Seizure is the Same

While most people associate seizures with convulsions, shakes and sudden jerks of the body, not all seizures manifest in these movements.  Additionally, not everyone goes unconscious during a seizure.  Convulsions while unconsciously is symptomatic of tonic-clonic seizures, but there are over 40 different types of seizures that someone with epilepsy might experience.

Flashing Light Doesn’t Always Trigger a Seizure

Only about 3% of those diagnosed with epilepsy suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.  This type of epilepsy is most common in younger individuals (primarily children).  Those with photosensitive epilepsy can be affected by flashing lights or some geometric patterns.

You Should Never Restrain Someone Who is Convulsing

If someone is suffering from a convulsive seizure, you should never hold them down or put anything in their mouth.  Holding someone down could injure them or yourself and placing something in their mouth could cause injury and pose a choking hazard.  Instead, make sure you cushion their head with something soft and stay with them until the seizure has ended.

Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally and is noncommunicable.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show invite you to share these facts and join us in spreading awareness and truth for those who have epilepsy.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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