Epilepsy Talk

Laughter as effective as cocaine?

November 28, 2021
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Yup. A comic cartoon fires up the same brain center as a shot of cocaine, researchers report.


EEGs and Beyond — Which Tests Do You Need?

June 4, 2021
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How many of us have heard: “Your EEG is normal. You’re fine..” (“It’s all in your head?”)

I know of people who have had 5 EEGs, only to be properly diagnosed when they finally had Video EEG Monitoring. 


Conversion Disorder and Epilepsy…

February 24, 2018
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What is it?

Is it epilepsy or conversion disorder?

The term “conversion” comes from the idea that psychological distress is being converted into a physical symptom.

The cause is not known. 


Epilepsy and Autism

October 6, 2013
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The features of autism are often subtle and difficult to define.

But roughly one-third of individuals with the disorder have one symptom that’s almost impossible to miss: seizures.


Laughter as effective as cocaine?

January 27, 2012
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Yup. A comic cartoon fires up the same brain centre as a shot of cocaine, researchers report.

A team at Stanford University in California asked lab mates, spouses and friends to select the wittiest newspaper cartoons from a portfolio. They showed the winning array to 16 volunteers while peering inside their heads with an MRI.

The cartoons activated the same reward circuits in the brain that are tickled by cocaine, money or a pretty face, the neuroscientists found. (Wow!)


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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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