Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK, yet a recent survey of 2,000 British adults revealed 74% of us do not know what it is or what causes it.
Young Epilepsy define epilepsy as “a disorder of the brain in which there is a tendency to have recurring seizures”.
Seizures were sometimes previously referred to as “fits”.
An epileptic seizure results from a sudden electrical discharge in the brain that“causes changes in sensation, behaviour or consciousness”.
The severity of seizures can differ from person to person.
Some people have convulsions (uncontrollable shaking of the body) which is known as a tonic-clonic seizure. This type of seizure is what most people think of as an epileptic fit.
Others, however, simply experience a loss of awareness when having a seizure.
So, what should you do if you think a person is having a seizure?
The first and perhaps most important thing to remember, is not to panic. Try to comfort the person having a seizure and ensure they are not hurting themselves on any surrounding objects.
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