November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a medical condition that causes seizures. Seizures can affect both mental and physical functioning. About 3 million people in the US have Epilepsy. The age groups most affected by this disease are the elderly and children.
The importance of awareness is two fold. First, the public needs to know what seizures are and how to react to them. Secondly, getting a proper diagnosis and treatment for anyone who has had even one seizure is invaluable to their continued well being.
There are many different types of seizures. People including First Responders having this knowledge can aid a person as well as understand that some seizure activity may cause someone to act as if intoxicated.
The Epilepsy Foundation has listed the First Aid treatments for people having a seizure. It is very comprehensive and describes some of the different types of seizures as well.
The CDC along with the the Epilepsy Foundation are focusing this month’s them as “Not Another Moment Lost To Seizures”. The month long event has some interesting information such as the effect of head trauma on Veterans and seizures, how schools can work with families so that children with Epilepsy are both safe and able to enjoy school and teaching caregivers of senior citizens about Epilepsy.
Please take the time to learn about this disease. What a wonderful thing you can do with your knowledge!