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Conclusion to seizures explained

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In these web pages, we have looked at the most common types of seizure and the areas of the brain where they happen. It is worth remembering that everybody’s seizures are individual to them. Even if your seizures appear to be similar to someone else’s, it doesn’t mean that they have the same cause or should be medically treated in the same way.

If you need more information about your epilepsy, speak with your epilepsy specialist, epilepsy specialist nurse or family doctor.

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  • Updated August 2013
    To be reviewed August 2015

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Very helpful website. 17 year old son diagnosed with epilepsy 1 week ago. All quite shocked in consultant appointment leaving little capacity to absorb information for any of us. Really helpful to read and take in information. He would like information on how many people have epilepsy as he feels quite isolated. He has tonic-clonic, so quite dramatic for him and others.

Submitted by Beverley Sayers on

I also find this site useful. My son has had epilepsy since he was 10 weeks old and was only diagnosed at 9 years old because the doctors thought his mother was neurotic! I have referred to this site in recent months and found it to be one of the best and straight forward information. My son is now 24 and I've never stopped asking questions.

Submitted by Elaine Thompson on

Hi Beverley

Thanks for your comments about our website. It’s always a shock to be told you have a medical condition, and being told you have epilepsy is no different. In fact, in the UK, around 600,000 people, or one in every 103 people has epilepsy. But with the right dose of the right epilepsy medicine, many people can have their seizures controlled.

It’s a lot to take in at the moment, but your son might find it useful to talk to other young people with epilepsy. He can do this by joining our on-line community, forum4e. You can also join forum4e, as a carer for your son. If he hasn’t done so already, your son might also like to look at our young people’s website.

If you, or your son, would like to speak to an epilepsy adviser, please contact the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, or email helpline@epilepsy.org.uk


Advice and Information Team

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