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What We Ought to Know this National Epilepsy Month

What We Ought to Know this National Epilepsy Month

Please join us to learn about and spread awareness for epilepsy this November.

November is National Epilepsy Month and, as the name suggests, this month is dedicated to educating the general public about this serious neurological disorder.  One of the major goals is to clear up some common misconceptions about the diagnosis that may breed bullying and discrimination against those experiencing epilepsy.  This month, let’s do our part to foster awareness by educating ourselves.  Here are some quick facts about epilepsy.

Important Statistics

1) There are 65 million epilepsy sufferers worldwide.  In the U.S., around 3.4 million have the condition.

2) In the U.S., 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy during their lifetimes.

3) One-third of those with epilepsy suffer from uncontrollable seizures because there is no treatment for them.

4) In six out of ten cases, the cause of epilepsy cannot be determined.

Seizure and Epilepsy Facts

1) Epilepsy is not contagious.

2) Unfortunately, there is no cure for epilepsy.  It is a life-long condition that requires constant treatment.  While some cases can be managed through medication and other treatments, at least one million in the U.S. suffer from epilepsy that cannot be controlled.

3) While the symptoms of a seizure are unique to each individual, seizures are generally stereotypic.  This means that the same things or behaviors tend to occur each time the individual has a seizure. 

4) Contrary to popular belief, it is physically impossible to swallow your tongue during a seizure.

5) It’s important to remind ourselves to never force something into the mouth of someone having a seizure.  Doing so could result in chipped teeth, cut gums, or even a broken jaw.  If someone near you is experiencing a seizure, it is suggested to roll them onto their side, support their head, protect them from injury, and monitor their breathing.

6) Additionally, it is recommended to not restrain someone having a seizure.  Most seizures will end on their own in a matter of seconds or minutes.  Attempting to restrain a seizing individual might actually result in injuries.

7) Anyone at any age can develop epilepsy.  Seizures start appearing in people over the age of 65 just as frequently as they do in children.

8) Those who suffer from epilepsy are capable of employment and can live relatively normal lives.  While they cannot work certain jobs due to safety concerns and some cannot operate vehicles, people with epilepsy are able to manage their symptoms and live stable and fulfilling lives.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we educate ourselves this National Epilepsy Month.  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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