Epilepsy Essay

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Epilepsy In this report I plan to give a general overview of what epilepsy is. I will try to give examples and types of seizures, treatments, and in general some insight into the whole subject matter. Many people regard epileptic seizures as a disease while, in fact, they are not. A disease rather is more an illness, which tends to imply sickness and being in poor health. Since epilepsy certainly is not that I don t think it has any reference or relativity to the term disease . Since there really is no proper term for epilepsy I find it best to look at it as more a disorder or symptom. A symptom is an event that is just one of the few ways the brain has to reacting to this sudden and unexpected internal process. This continuation of just such a reaction constitutes epilepsy. In more detailed terminology, a seizure is a paroxysmal (sudden unexpected attack or outbreak) discharge of cerebral nerve cells apparent to the person and/or any observer. With as much we know about epilepsy most of it still remains a mystery. Why do some people develop it just out of the blue? What causes most seizures? Will there ever be a way to completely stop epilepsy? To answer these questions would be difficult, since nobody can. There are many theories, possibilities, and hopes but nobody knows yet if any will come true. It seems like so few people have epilepsy although that really is not the case. About 2% of the U.S. population has epilepsy with 100,000 new cases emerging each year. Many things can cause a person to develop epilepsy itself. Epilepsy being defined not as single seizure but rather several which do not have any external causes. Some of the common things which cause epilepsy to begin are trauma to the head, brain tumors, genetics, old age, change in hormones (i.e. puberty), degenerative diseases, and any biochemical abnormality. Some of the external sources that will

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