Explaining epilepsy to a friend is no easy matter. Sometimes they may be scared. Some may be curious. Some may want to help. Some may want to flee.
But, obviously, those who care will want to understand you. For those friends, here are some brief epilepsy facts:
What is epilepsy?
It’s like a storm in the brain. Seizures happen when there is unusual electrical activity. Your brain cells are constantly sending out electrical signals that travel along nerves to the rest of the body.
These signals tell the muscles to move. During a seizure, a person’s muscles tighten and relax rapidly or stop moving completely. Seizures come on suddenly, and people who have them can’t control their muscles while they’re having a seizure.
If too many brain cells are sending signals at the same time, it causes an overload, and a person may pass out and shake all over. People…
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