Name Epilepsy
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Symptoms of Epilepsy
Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures, which tend to recur spontaneously. These seizures occur when there is an electrical disturbance in the brain, and the signals it sends to the body become mixed up, rather like an electrical storm in the brain.

There are many different types of seizure, usually divided into two categories - generalised or partial. Typically a seizure may last from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Partial seizure - affects only part of the brain. Consciousness is not lost in a simple partial seizure; consciousness is impaired in a complex partial seizure.

Generalised seizures affect the whole brain, and often involve a loss of consciousness. They include the Tonic Clonic seizure where the person falls down, and their body stiffens and shakes; the Atonic seizure where the body goes floppy rather than stiff; the Absence seizure, which usually shows itself in a blank stare lasting a few seconds; the Myoclonic seizure, which is very brief and involves a muscle jerk.

Useful national contacts Epilepsy Action
Helpline: 0808 800 5050
Link opens in new window www.epilepsy.org.uk
Find local branches and groups:
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Epilepsy Society
Helpline: 01494 601400
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David Lewis Centre For Epilepsy
Tel. 01565 640000
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Seizure Alert Dogs
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Young Epilepsy
Helpline: 01342 831 342
Email: helpline@youngepilepsy.org.uk
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Mersey Regional Epilepsy Association
Helpline 0151 298 2666
The Daisy Garland - charity offering help and support to those whose lives are touched by drug-resistant epilepsy
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Link opens in new window www.epilepsymersey.org.uk
Online resources What to do when someone has a seizure (Epilepsy Action)
Link opens in new window http://learn.epilepsy.org.uk/epilepsy-the-basics/what-to-do-when-someone-has-a-seizur
First Aid for seizures - Epilepsy Action video (YouTube)

Free smartphone app to help manage your epilepsy (Epilepsy Society)
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EpSMon - award-winning self-monitoring App designed for adults who experience seizure
Link opens in new window www.epsmon.com

Free e-learning resources from Epilepsy Action
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You may be entitled to free or discounted travel if your seizures mean you can’t have a driving licence (Epilepsy Society)
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Cochrane Evidence: Yoga for epilepsy
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Young EpilepsyYoung Epilepsy on YouTube
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Young Epilepsy on Facebook
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Young Epilepsy on Twitter
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Young Epilepsy on flickr
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News and events

Ask your MP to take part in the PIP pledge (October 2017)
Link opens in new window www.epilepsy.org.uk/involved/campaigns/pip-pledge

The 100,000 Genomes Project is looking for people with Epilepsy for research into their DNA and genes
Link opens in new window www.genomicsengland.co.uk/taking-part

"Husband programmes smartwatch to detect wife's seizures" (January 2016)
Link opens in new window www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/news/husband-programmes-smartwatch-detect-wifes-seizures-05-01-2016

Our resources

Epilepsy and your child The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Epilepsy and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Epilepsy and your child by Richard Appleton. Or look for this book in your local library.
Find this in a library at WorldCat.org