Epilepsy Talk

In Case of Emergency — New Solutions

May 26, 2017
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Here are some methods to stop a seizure in its tracks. Or shorten one. And some help relieve you of the dreaded after-effects. Possibilities you might not have known about…especially the new nasal sprays.


Epilepsy in Movies and TV

May 23, 2017
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The portrayal of epilepsy and seizures in films and television usually has negative connotations.

In general, they do nothing but reinforce the stigma that is rampant about the condition.

Other the other hand, TV shows and movies have the potential to educate and begin to address genuine issues in a positive fashion, rather than misusing epilepsy to add tension and drama…


Anger and Epilepsy: WHY ME?

May 18, 2017
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Suddenly, you’re feeling edgy. Lashing out at loved ones for no reason at all. It’s not anybody’s fault. It’s that old familiar enemy. Epilepsy. Again.

Why me? Why now? It’s not fair.


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Domestic Violence — When Love Goes Wrong

May 16, 2017
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Carol found herself in a cycle of violence from the time she was a child. By adulthood, she had already experienced multiple beatings and hospitalizations.

In the most recent attack, her husband beat her with a board, leaving her with permanent brain damage and a life-long disability.

As a result of her injury, she now has frequent seizures, difficulty with balance, and is terrified to leave her home for fear of having a seizure or falling.


Epilepsy and Romance — Getting Personal

May 12, 2017
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Romance is so many different things to different people.

But to me, intimacy requires acceptance, faith and loyalty.

The question is; how do you get there?

Especially when you have epilepsy?


Sex and Epilepsy — The Ultimate Challenge

May 8, 2017
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It’s the $64,000 question.

Can I have sex with epilepsy, all the AEDs, and side-effects?

The answer is yes.

If you’re willing to be flexible.


A Menu of Epilepsy Auras

May 2, 2017
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The fact is: There are probably as many or more types of auras as there are types of epilepsy…

Auras can last from several seconds to as long as an hour, and can sometimes end with feelings of extreme tiredness, weakness, heart palpitation, sweating and warmth throughout one’s body.

And some people can experience auras and have no seizure(s).

Each and every person’s aura patterns are different. They vary significantly between individuals.


Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

April 27, 2017
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.


Is Epilepsy Inherited?

April 23, 2017
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Just because you have a parent, sibling, cousin or aunt who has epilepsy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it also.

In fact, if you have a close relative with epilepsy, the chance of you having epilepsy is only about 2-5%, depending on the specific type of epilepsy.

The risk in the general population is about 1-2%.


28 New Epilepsy Medicines In Development

April 17, 2017
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A newly-released report from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has revealed that 28 new medications are in development to treat epilepsy and seizures.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These 28 new drugs are among nearly 420 new ground-breaking medicines in progress to treat neurological disorders.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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