What is Epilepsy?

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder that involves the nervous system. It is defined by the occurrence of two or more unprovoked seizures. Meaning there has not been an immediate cause such as a blood sugar imbalance or physical injury to the brain. It is also called a seizure...

Memory and Learning

Poor memory  is a common problem for many people with epilepsy. In children, it impacts their ability to learn and function well in school.  Memory involves three parts— putting information in, storing the information and getting the information out. Disruption at any...

Attention and Learning

In all forms of epilepsy, maintaining attention and concentration can be challenging. Attention problems may be the core weakness leading to memory problems in many people. Regardless of whether this is due to medications or due to the seizures, it does present a...

Alternative Therapies

What do we mean by alternative and complementary therapies? Alternative therapies include such techniques as mindfulness meditation, chiropractic, massage therapy, relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, aromatherapy, yoga, therapeutic touch, homeopathy, diet, etc....

Surgery

When seizures cannot be controlled with medication, a neurologist may recommend surgery. Surgery for epilepsy is a well-established procedure with very good results. Surgery is done only on patients who meet strict criteria. The patient must first undergo extensive...

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is similar to a heart pacemaker. It involves a surgically implanted device that connects to the vagus nerve in the neck. Periodically, a mild electric pulse is sent to the nerve and disrupts seizure activity. VNS has been effective in...
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