The Human Element Of Epilepsy

1679 WordsOct 10, 20167 Pages
The Human Element of Epilepsy Take a moment and imagine a life that is lived through flickers of moments, flickers that cannot be controlled. One can somewhat comprehend situations or circumstances that have happened throughout their day, but large fragments of life just seem to vanish for no apparent reason. Moments that cannot be regained, there is no recollection of conversations that were had, or activities that were participated in. Over time medical attention is sought, and after a serious of tests that the doctors perform, FINALLY! There is a long awaited answer, something to explain the phenomenon, hopefully it’s a quick fix and a normal life can be pursued. The doctor looks up with apologetic eyes and says, “I’m afraid it’s epilepsy’. Staggering numbers were reported in a recent study estimating that over fifty million people world-wide have been given the diagnosis of epilepsy. (Chang et.al 2013) Doctors have estimated that there are at least forty different types of seizure disorders, and patients can indeed have more than one disorder. This makes the management of symptoms within patients difficult at times. However, there is fortunately great news on the horizon. Epilepsy is now being recognized as a brain disorder that is not just seen for its seizure activity, it’s also being recognized for the neurological, psychological, cognitive, and social consequences that this disorder comes with. (Mula and Cock2014) Unfortunately, there is no way to determine if one

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