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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Epilepsy

April 19, 2014
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What was once known as “shell shock” is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD).

PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, and while it’s impossible to predict who will develop PTSD in response to trauma, there are certain risk factors that increase your vulnerability.

Of course, the first thought is of veterans. But anyone can get PTSD at any age.

Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 out of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives.


Traumatic and Post Traumatic Stress — Online Support Groups

April 19, 2014
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It’s incredible. When I researched resources for Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, there weren’t many.

An embarrassing shortage, considering the magnitude of need.

That’s the sad news.

The good news is that I found loads of all kinds of different stress disorder support groups online.

This is just a small sampling of different Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress support groups.

To find more, simply type in your subject and look for forums or support groups.

There’s a wealth of wonderful resources for those who have shared whatever trauma you’ve suffered.


Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy

April 13, 2014
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In a fraction of a second, head trauma can dramatically change a person’s life.

Head trauma caused by falls, physical abuse, violence, vehicle crashes and sporting accidents, not to mention modern warfare.

However, it’s important to realize that not all head injuries, even severe ones, result in seizures. And seizures frequently occur in people who haven’t experienced head trauma.


Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups

April 13, 2014
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TBI is the leading cause of death and disability for persons under 35 years of age. It can happen without warning to people of all ages and all walks of life.

A Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when an outside force impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull or if the force causes the skull to break and directly hurts the brain.


Medication Reminders You Won’t Forget

April 6, 2014
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When I was on vacation, I was so relaxed that I kept on forgetting to take my meds. More than once. So when I got home (when I was less relaxed), I looked into some things that might help.

Because, let’s face it. We all forget to take our meds. One time or another. No matter what we have to take or when we have to take them. No matter how hard we try. Or what we have to take and when.

Since I have to take several pills at different times a day, I put them in places where I’d have to fall over them to forget. I wish I could say it’s fool-proof, but I’d be lying.

So here are some possible solutions…


2014 Epilepsy Summer Camps

April 2, 2014
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Applications for this year’s summer camps are beginning. (Or starting very soon.)

Dates and ages vary, depending upon the camp. So, it’s best you get the necessary info now, to avoid disappointment.

Below you’ll find a compilation of EFA summer camps and those supported by other organizations.


Have You Had A Concussion?

March 30, 2014
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In a fraction of a second, head trauma can dramatically change your life.

It can be a boink on the head, a fall, sports activities, or a car accident — among many other possibilities.


Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

March 23, 2014
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Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay of treatment for epilepsy, but seizures continue in one-third of patients despite appropriate AED therapeutic trials.

Even in the current era, the etiology of epilepsy often remains unclear.

Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by the presence of auto immune antibodies.


Epilepsy and Driving (A Small Rant)

March 16, 2014
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It’s been three months since I’ve been “benched”. With three more months (hopefully) until my driver’s license is restored.

The authorities said, if I didn’t “surrender” my license by XYZ date (with the neuro and cardiologist’s report) a sheriff was going to show up at my front door and haul me away!

So, now, not only do I have epilepsy, I’m a prospective CRIMINAL with epilepsy.


Why You Should AVOID Going To The Hospital… (If You Can!)

March 9, 2014
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A landmark report found that medical mistakes caused as many as 98,000 deaths and more than one million injuries a year in the United States.

That report, by the Institute of Medicine, an independent group that advises the government on health matters, led to a national movement to reduce errors and make hospital stays less hazardous to patients’ health.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson has been a professional copywriter for 30 years. She also spent 20 years with epilepsy. She writes from the heart to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. For further information, contact The Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania at http://www.efepa.org/ and please make a contribution to become an advocate, too.

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