March 26th is Purple Day, an international effort to raise awareness about epilepsy and recognize the 50 million people living with it worldwide.
Because it’s not talked about in-depth enough, there’s a general lack of understanding about epilepsy. That’s why this Purple Day, Tulsa ER & Hospital aims to educate our community about epilepsy and how to help someone who is having a seizure.
Be sure to wear purple this Thursday and share what you learn from this article with others to spread the word!
Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity is abnormal. This unusual activity in the brain causes seizures, loss of awareness, and periods of unusual behavior and sensations.
Epilepsy doesn’t discriminate; it affects men and women of all races, backgrounds, and ages. Symptoms of seizures can include temporary confusion, loss of consciousness or awareness, fear, anxiety, and Deja Vu. Signs can range depending on the type of seizure someone is experiencing. Generally, symptoms will be similar from episode to episode.
Did you know?…
- Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder (behind Alzheimer’s and stroke)
- 65 million people in the world have epilepsy (three million live in the U.S.)
- Children and seniors have a higher risk of developing epilepsy
- Thirty percent of those diagnosed each year are children
- One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime
- More people live with epilepsy than autism, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined
- Anyone can develop epilepsy
- More people passed away from seizure-related accidents than breast cancer last year
Epilepsy can strike at any time, so having the knowledge to prevent seizures is valuable.
Here are the measures you can take to avoid seizures:
- Get plenty of sleep each night — set a regular sleep schedule and stick to it.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Learn stress management and relaxation techniques.
- Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Avoid bright, flashing lights and other visual stimuli.
- Avoid playing video games.
- Skip TV and computer time whenever possible.
- Eat a healthy diet.
One in ten people will experience a seizure in their lifetime, so for more information on how to help someone during a seizure, read the Mayo Clinic’s guidelines here.
If you or a loved one suffer a seizure-related accident or injury, Tulsa ER & Hospital is here to help. Our highly qualified, licensed physicians are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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