Epilepsy- Causes, Symptoms And Types

Epilepsy- Causes, Symptoms And Types

Epilepsy- Causes, Symptoms And Types - How to Treat EpilepsyThis is a condition in which a sufferer has recurrent seizures. Epilepsy is not a mental illness and its victims are no more likely to suffer mental illness than anyone else. Although sufferers may not drive cars within 3 years of a daytime attack, they can usually lead an otherwise normal life. In children, particularly under the age of 3 convulsions, indistinguishable from epilepsy may be brought on by high temperature.

The different types of epilepsy and its symptoms comprise of:

Grand Mal

Sometimes there may be a few seconds warning of an attack. This warning, which is called an aura, may take the form of ringing in the ears, seeing flashing lights or any other such unusual sensation. In this type of an attack a sufferer will experience sudden loss of consciousness and stiffening of the neck and limbs followed by rhythmic twitching or shaking of the whole body. During an attack an epileptic will often bite his tongue, froth at the mouth and pass water.

After an attack, there may be a period of confusion and drowsiness lasting a few hours. In babies under 6 months, fits may occasionally be confused with colic.

Petit Mal

This type of epilepsy occurs mainly between the age of four and adolescence. In this condition there is a brief loss of consciousness lasting a few seconds, where the eyes may blink or flicker. The patient regains full consciousness and carries on unaware that there had been an interruption in consciousness.

Temporal Lobe epilepsy

In this condition there may be an aura like in grand mal, but the symptoms that follow are less dramatic to the onlooker. In this case the patient does not lose consciousness or fall to the ground. A patient may experience a feeling of deja vu and he / she may not be able to communicate properly, although he may run, speak or even drive automatically as though sleep walking.

In some cases patients may also display temper or get violent.

Jacksonia Fit

In this condition twitching usually starts in one hand or foot or one side of the face and spreads to the rest of the muscles on the same side of the body. This condition can be followed with symptoms similar to that of the grand mal and seizures.

An abnormal discharge of electrical activity from part of the brain is said to be a cause of this type of epilepsy.

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