Many people around the world have epilepsy, which causes them to have spontaneous seizures. This causes extreme issues and confusion as the person having the seizure blacks out temporarily and wakes up in a daze. Seizures are extremely uncomfortable and make everyday life much more difficult than the average person.
Unfortunately, because seizures are so spontaneous, danger can come with them. Of course, driving is a main concern. However, there are other concerns that many people may not think of. When in public, you never know who you can trust and what will happen when having an episode. During a seizure, you cannot control what is happening around you.
Healthline.com explains this disorder as the following: “Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by unusual nerve cell activity in the brain. Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with the central nervous system disorder that causes seizures. Over a lifetime, one in 26 people will be diagnosed with it. Seizures can cause a range of symptoms, from momentarily staring blankly to loss of awareness and uncontrollable twitching. Some seizures can be milder than others, but even minor seizures can be dangerous if they occur during activities like swimming or driving.”
“Focal seizures can be further divided into two types: simple focal seizures and dyscognitive focal seizures. Simple focal seizures, also called simple partial seizures, affect only one area of the brain. Memory and cognitive abilities remain unimpaired, but a partial seizure might lead to temporary paralysis, visual changes, or difficulty with simple movements. Less than 15 percent of people with epilepsy have simple focal seizures.”
“A dyscognitive focal seizure only affects a specific part of the brain. Unlike focal seizures, a dyscognitive focal seizure can cause mental confusion, loss of memory, and loss of awareness during the seizure. People having a complex focal seizure may appear unaware or dazed. More than a third of patients with epilepsy have dyscognitive partial seizures.”
One case in particular has made headlines due to the extreme nature of this woman’s experience. When Ellie Farnfield had an episode on the train, she could not believe what happened to her.
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