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The effects of Epilepsy. A presentation on the effects of epilepsy by Dee Moore Regional Manager North East. What is Epilepsy. the second most common serious neurological condition in the United Kingdom and has the highest number of one day admissions of all neurological conditions.

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the effects of epilepsy
The effects of Epilepsy

A presentation on the effects of epilepsy

by

Dee Moore

Regional Manager North East

what is epilepsy
What is Epilepsy
  • the second most common serious neurological condition in the United Kingdom and has the highest number of one day admissions of all neurological conditions.
  • the tendency to experience repeated seizures that start in the brain
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PROBLEM SOLVING

SENSATION

Different areas of the brain

PERCEPTION

ARMS

LEGS

EYES

EARS

MEMORY

They communicate with each other through small electrical impulses

what causes epilepsy
What causes epilepsy?
  • Congenital malformation of brain
  • Injury at birth
  • Infection
  • eg. encephalitis/meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumour
  • Major head injury
  • Unknown (over 50%)
some possible triggers
Some possible triggers
  • Medication forgotten, incorrect, social, alcohol
  • Psychologicaltiredness, stress, sleep deprivation, unusual excitement, boredom
  • Physical illness, high temperature, hormonal changes
  • Environmental flashing lights, patterns, sounds
main treatments
Main Treatments
  • Usually prescribed medication
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Surgery
  • Some people seizures will never will be controlled
some side effects of aeds
Some side effects of AEDs
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness, headaches
  • Double vision
  • Skin rash
  • Weight gain
  • Change in mood
  • Change in behaviour (particularly children)
exhaustion
Exhaustion
  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Below par
  • The smallest thing can be a huge effort
  • “Like wading through treacle”
memory
Memory
  • Thought processes slowed down
  • Can’t remember names
  • Can be embarrassing
  • Learning memory techniques
  • Retraining brain
worry fear anxiety
Worry, Fear, Anxiety
  • When’s my next seizure?
  • Am I going to embarrass myself?
  • Will I hurt myself?
  • Will I die?
sense of loss
Sense of loss
  • Independence
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Some people won’t go out
  • Feeling isolation
  • Why me?
relationships
Relationships
  • How’s my partner going to respond?
  • Will they still find me attractive?
  • Are they going to leave me?
family friends
Family & friends
  • Who do I tell?
  • What do I tell them?
  • When do I tell them?
  • How will they respond?
  • If I get pregnant will I pass on epilepsy to my baby?
transport
Transport
  • Diagnosis of epilepsy and onset of seizures not allowed to drive
  • In UK seizure free for a year to reapply for your driving licence
  • Reliant on someone else either family friends or public transport
leisure
Leisure
  • What sports can I safely do?
  • Can I go out for a drink with my mates?
  • Can I party like my friends?
employment
Employment
  • Do I tell my employer?
  • How will they respond?
  • Will I lose my job?
  • What do I put on the application form?
stats
Stats:
  • Over 40 different types of epilepsy
  • Around 602,000 people in UK have epilepsy
  • This is equivalent to 1 in 103
  • Approx 23% of people are mis-diagnosed in UK
  • Approx 70% of people in UK with epilepsy could be
  • Seizure free with optimum treatment currently only 52% are
  • 1,150 people die of epilepsy related causes
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Thank you

Dee Moore 0191 2520504

dee.moore@epilepsysociety.org.uk