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What is the world’s most common, serious brain disorder? Epilepsy

What is the color of epilepsy awareness? Purple

What do we call the day held around the world to raise awareness for epilepsy? Purple Day

What month is dedicated to Epilepsy awareness? November

What is epilepsy? A neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent seizures 

What is a seizure? A seizure is a change in sensation, awareness, behavior brought about by abnormal electrical discharges in brain cells in the brain.

What are the 3 most common ways of treating epilepsy? Medicine, surgery, diet

Is there a cure for epilepsy? No

If person is having a seizure for longer than FIVE minutes you should call 911.

What Part of the Body does Epilepsy affect? Brain. Epilepsy is a condition where there are disturbances in the normal electrical charges in the brain. When a strong burst of energy occurs in the brain, a seizure occurs.

Seizures can be caused by a variety of things, what are these things most commonly referred to? These are known as "triggers"

What are three of the most common triggers? lack of sleep, missed medication, stress. There are several triggers, but these are among the most common. Some other common triggers can be flashing lights, hormonal changes, and alcohol.

What is an aura? A warning that a seizure may occur. An aura is a strange sensation that is felt before a seizure occurs. Not all people experience the same type of aura. It can come in the form of a deja vu feeling, a particular taste or smell, etc.

There is a particular diet that can help to control some seizures. What is it called? Ketogenic Diet. The Ketogenic Diet is very high in fats and low in carbohydrates, therefore forcing the body to burn fat around the clock. This diet is usually used as an alternative treatment when medications have had little or no impact in controlling seizures. It is mainly prescribed to children and rarely adults.

Will treating with diet work for everyone? No

When can epilepsy occur? At birth, after a head injury, from a brain tumor. Epilepsy can occur at any age and from several different causes. Some include heredity, strokes, and head injuries. Some illnesses and infections are known to cause epilepsy as well.

Can animals have epilepsy? Yes. Unfortunately animals can have seizures also. There are medications to fit their needs as well.

What kind of doctor treats epilepsy?Epileptologists 

How many people will develop epilepsy?  1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

Is there a cure for Epilepsy? There is no cure for epilepsy. 

If a person is having a seizure should you put something in their mouth so they don’t swallow their tongue? The answer is NO. It is impossible to swallow your tongue. Try it right now. (wait for audience to try it) you cant. Placing something in their mouth creates a choking hazard and you could be injured as well. When a person has a seizure they can bite down hard and lock their jaw. 

What type of epilepsy is often associated with artistic creation? Temporal lobe epilepsy is often associated with artistic creation. the temporal lobes on the sides of the brain, where memory and feelings reside, are intermittently seized by chaotic storms of electrical hyperactivity. Although the seizures may be undetectable to observers, they can prompt an unquenchable desire to write or draw, a desire that persists even after the seizure is over.  

What date on the calendar is reserved for epilepsy awareness? March 26 is also known as purple day, held around the world in support of epilepsy awareness. So be sure and where purple on March 26th and help raise awareness for epilepsy. 

How much is spent on Epilepsy medications and treatments each year? Epilepsy costs equal approximately $15.5 billion each year in the US. The indirect costs associated with uncontrolled seizures are seven times higher than that of the average for all chronic diseases.

Just Remember the 4 S's of Seizure First Aid

Side - Lay the person on their side

Soft - Place something soft under their head 

Stay - Stay with the person until they are