epilepsy-seizures

An epileptic seizure is commonly known as a “fit”. It causes uncontrolled shaking and jerking movement and momentary loss of awareness. Epileptic seizures are caused by momentary abnormal synchronous neuronal activity. A person experiencing an epilepsy seizure may fall down, cry out, shake violently and lose bladder control. After the attack, the person comes back to consciousness but becomes extremely exhausted. In most people, seizures happen occasionally, but in others it can happen numerous times a day. There are various kinds of epilepsy and it is one of the oldest identified brain disorders that had been discussed by early physicians like Hippocrates. It is a brain disorder that is caused when clusters of neurons respond abnormally at times that cause convulsions, spasms and loss of consciousness.

Types of Seizures

Seizures are not always instigated by epilepsy and doctors have categorized more than 30 different types of seizures which are divided into two main categories – Focal Seizures and Generalized Seizures.

  • Focal seizures are partial seizures that happen in a specific part of the brain. Majority of epilepsy seizures are categorized into focal seizures.
  • During a simple focal seizure, the victim has consciousness but experiences unusual sensations such as anger, sadness, joy, etc.
  • During a complex focal seizure, the victim has altered or loss of consciousness and can have dreamlike experience which results in unusual mouth movements, blinking and twitches.
  • During a complex focal seizure, the victim has altered or loss of consciousness and can have dreamlike experience which results in unusual mouth movements, blinking and twitches.
  • Generalized seizures are produced by abnormal neuronal activity on both sides of the brain. These seizures result in loss of consciousness, falls and violent muscle spasms.

Some Symptoms of Epilepsy/Seizures

Symptoms of epilepsy seizures are determined by the part of the brain affected by the seizure and have a wide range of symptoms.

Being in a spell or dreamlike state

Feeling Confused

Uncontrolled jerking and shaking of arms and legs

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Loss of consciousness

Visual Disturbances

Blankness of the mind

Causes of Epilepsy/Seizures

There are numerous causes of epilepsy and seizures. Anything that interrupts the normal functioning of the brain cells or neurons can cause seizures. Some known causes of epilepsy are as follows:

  • Imbalance of neurotransmitters – abnormally high or low levels can cause epilepsy
  • The brain’s efforts of recovery after stroke or head injury can cause epilepsy
  • A disruption in the cell membrane structures that surrounded the neurons can lead to epilepsy.
  • Genetic abnormality in specific genes can cause epilepsy
  • Severe head injury can lead to epilepsy seizures
  • Other disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, metabolic disorders can cause epilepsy seizures

Brain Function Training for Epilepsy/Seizures

  • The most common treatment of epilepsy is done through Brain Function Training (BFT).
  • The type of treatment determines the severity and frequency of the epilepsy seizures.
  • It is best to opt for scientific training that normalize and optimize brain function for long term and permanent solution.

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