Around 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with epilepsy, this means that many people know someone who has it and may never have known or will never know. It can be a very scary and difficult illness when first witnessed. Though epilepsy is unfortunately incurable it is treatable, to reduce the amount/risk of seizures. Epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed when either a child or when aged over 60, however in some cases can be diagnosed when an adult in 20's to 50's.
Epilepsy effects all people differently, depending on where it affects the brain. Many people do not realise the overall effects of epilepsy, below are a few of said effects:
- Inability to control motor function resulting in jerking or shaking
- Complete loss of focus and "staring into space"
- Difficulty moving resulting in muscle stiffness
- Unexplainable feelings or sensations, e.g. a specific taste or smell, a specific feeling in the lower torso or tingling feeling in limbs or appendages
- Uncontrollably falling to the ground
Practical Help For Epilepsy
Always consult your GP in the first instance, however once diagnosis has been made there may also be financial support available to you depending on the severity of the condition and how it affects you, such as:
Disability Support Project can help with the applications, appeals and if tribunals to make the process easier and less stressful for you.