Epilepsy Talk

Vagus Nerve Stimulation…Is it for YOU?

September 12, 2021
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Having a Vagus Nerve Stimulator implanted can be a tough decision. Is it right for you? Will it work? What are the side effects and consequences?

I did some research and got the low-down on what it is, how it works and some interesting statistics.


Other Voices…Other Lives…

July 17, 2021
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“There were times I asked myself,
‘Is life really worth living?’
Suicide, now there’s a thought,
But would God be forgiving?”

Ed L.


Self-Driving Cars — The License to Drive?

July 8, 2021
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It’s not a dream. It’s a reality that’s happening NOW.


Is it ADHD…Epilepsy…or Both?

June 30, 2020
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ADHD is the current term for the neurological condition formerly known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), Hyperactivity, Hyperkinesis, Organic Brain Syndrome, Minimal Brain Dysfunction, and Minimal Brain Damage.

About 5% of children in the general population have ADHD.  However, about 30-40% of children with epilepsy may have ADHD or attention problems. Also, ADHD is seen more often in boys than in girls (some medical professionals claim this ratio to be as high 4 to 1).


Seizures…Memory…Depression. YES, They Are Linked!

May 13, 2020
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At least one third of people with epilepsy also have depression.

Epilepsy can have different effects on memory functions and depression for various reasons.

Because the portion of the brain where memory and emotions are stored — the limbic system — can be disturbed by epileptic seizures.

In fact, memory problems are one of the most reported problems that coincide with epilepsy.


Memory Tips You (Hopefully) Won’t Forget!

February 1, 2020
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I have a confession to make.

I was the queen of “Post-Its”. I had Post-Its on tables, counters, walls, doors. I don’t know how I lived without them.

I guess, in the “old” days, I was the same with lists. Many lists. And way too much Scotch Tape.

Factoid: The man who invented Post-Its was an employee at 3M (also the maker of Scotch Tape) who went to his boss with a bright new idea.

I don’t know if he got a raise, but he gets no royalties. Just my undying admiration and thanks.

Anyway, short of taking stock in 3M, here are some other suggestions…


Memory games to boost your brain…

October 26, 2018
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The problem I had writing this article was that I was having too much fun! I kept on getting detained playing games, but it was worth it. Some I did o.k. on, others I flunked miserably. They’re fun, they’re challenging, and I think you’ll really like them.

(A personal word of advice. Go to Games.com first. You’ll be hooked!)


Zinc Can Help You Think!

April 4, 2018
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Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, published the results of a collaboration with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research study, which found that zinc plays a key role in signal transmission between neurons in the hippocampus — a zinc enriched region of the brain responsible for learning and memory — and where disrupted communication may contribute to epilepsy.


Music, Sound and Seizures

August 17, 2014
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Everyone knows that listening to music can be calming — a steady rain storm can induce sleep — and white noise can help keep focus at bay.

But sound therapy has a long history and is being used as a successful form of therapy in many conditions…


Self-Driving Cars — The License to Drive?

October 2, 2012
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It’s not a dream. It’s a reality that could happen in as little as five years…


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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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