Epilepsy Talk

Will that antidepressant work for you?

November 19, 2022
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The answer may be in your brain waves.

Scientists have taken a small step toward personalizing treatment for depression.


Concussion diagnosis in 15 minutes?

November 12, 2022
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Can a video game detect a concussion?

Not exactly. But a computerized test, similar to a video game can do just that!


Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) — Reducing Seizures By As Much As 50%

October 26, 2022
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been called “a promising therapy for epilepsy,” as reported by the BBC.

And for those suffering from medically refractory epilepsy — who are not candidates for resective brain surgery — that’s great news.


Conditions commonly misdiagnosed as epilepsy…

October 14, 2022
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A moment of unresponsiveness — the inability to recall what just happened…convulsions or jerking movements…sudden stiffness of the body.

These are classic symptoms of an epilepsy seizure — triggered by abnormal electrical impulses in the brain.

And while these symptoms may indicate epilepsy, other brain abnormalities or injuries could also lead to seizures.

Having a seizure doesn’t automatically mean you have epilepsy.  And without testing, the diagnosis – or misdiagnosis – can be pretty scary.

There are loads of conditions that have symptoms similar to epilepsy. 

Here are the most common…


Can PTSD Cause Brain Fog?

September 21, 2022
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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…


Want to live longer? Reboot your brain!

September 18, 2022
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Studies of human gene expression show that if you choose to make certain lifestyle changes, you can influence whether your genes are “on” or “off.”

In fact, your choices can influence an estimated 1,200 of the 1,500 genes that are on and probably can influence the other estimated 21,000 that are off.

In simple terms…


Chocolate for the brain?

September 14, 2022
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Yes. You’ve got it.

If you don’t believe me, look at this statistic: places where chocolate consumption is highest have the most Nobel Prize recipients!

Here’s the deal…


Sleep apnea — it’s not just what you think it is

September 11, 2022
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It’s not just snoring. It’s much more dangerous than that. Even deadly.

The estimated prevalence in North America is approximately 15 to 30 percent in males and 10 to 15 percent in females, But, as much as 40 percent of epilepsy patients suffer with undiagnosed sleep apnea. Especially those with refractory epilepsy.


The night fright of nocturnal seizures

September 6, 2022
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I can remember trying to rip out my hair. The inside of my head was going at a million miles an hour.

Sure, I was lucky I didn’t pee in my bed or fall off it. And happily I didn’t bite my tongue. Or end up bruised and sore.

But I was exhausted. With a horrible headache.

Like many, it was hard to stay awake during the day. (Hey, I’d just been up all night. Afraid to go back to sleep.)

It was an endless cycle. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t stay awake.

The curse of nocturnal seizures.


More people are smoking marijuana than cigarettes!

September 3, 2022
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Surprised?

With the legalization of smoking cannabis both for medical and recreational use, it’s clear marijuana’s time has come.

The jury is no longer out. States have been weighing in. And the answer has been a resounding : “Yes”.


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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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