What is Epilepsy?
A seizure happens when there are certain types of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. When two or more seizures occur, it is considered a seizure disorder (epilepsy).
What are the Symptoms?
One in ten adults will have a seizure sometime during their life. People with epilepsy have a tendency for their brain to generate multiple unpredictable seizures.
Seizures can present with a wide variety of symptoms, not just convulsions. Some of these symptoms may not always be obvious as a seizure and can be easily misinterpreted or overlooked:
- Passing out
- Staring spells
- Episodes of lost time
- Episodes of confusion
- Involuntary movements
- Funny feelings or perceptions, such as rising in the stomach or déjà vu
Why is Treating Epilepsy so Critical?
Epilepsy is the fourth leading neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
There are more than 60,000 people in Connecticut diagnosed with epilepsy - and thousands more who remain undiagnosed. Or not effectively treated.
Seizures can lead to accidental injury, decreased quality of life and can even be life threatening. Having unpredictable seizures can make it impossible to drive, to work or to participate fully in everyday activities.
Making a correct diagnosis and stopping seizures will improve quality of life and may make it possible to participate fully again.
We understand how having epilepsy affects patients and their families. It is our priority to treat the whole patient.
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