epilepsy

EPILEPSY CAN BE SUBTLE AND DIFFICULT TO DETECT – LEARN THE SIGNS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 2.9 million Americans had epilepsy in 2013.

Epilepsy is the occurrence of electrical storms in the brain. Although most people associate epilepsy with obvious seizures or convulsions, the disorder can have symptoms that are much more subtle. Some epilepsy symptoms can appear to be normal childhood behaviors, such as daydreaming or stumbling.

SIGNS

If you are concerned that your child could have epilepsy, please review the list of signs below. Discuss these signs with your pediatrician or primary care provider and ask him or her about potential therapies. You also can contact us to learn more and to discover how you can use SCLARC resources.

  • Repeated movements that look out of place or unnatural
  • Short spells of blank staring or daydreaming
  • Sudden falling or stumbling
  • Frequent stumbling or unusual clumsiness
  • Dazed or confused behavior
  • Repetitive nodding
  • Rapid blinking
  • Lack of responsiveness for brief periods
  • Frequent complaints about things looking, sounding, tasting, smelling, or feeling strange or unusual behaviors
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Irritability when waking up
  • Sudden episodes of fear without specific causes
  • Jackknife-like movements when sitting down (for babies)
  • Grabbing movements with both arms while lying on his or her back (for babies)

Individuals typically are referred to SCLARC by professionals such as doctors, social workers, psychologists, court judges, and teachers, or by family members and friends who are familiar with SCLARC´s resources and services.