When a person hears the words seizure or epilepsy, many questions and concerns arise. While epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder, it is rarely talked about. The result – too many myths and misunderstandings abound, people don't get the care they need, and reliable information about epilepsy and seizures can be hard to find.

These Epilepsy 101 Podcasts are designed as another way to get reliable information quickly and easily.  Drs. Nathan Fountain, Jeffrey Loeb, and Wendy Miller, leading experts and members of the Epilepsy Foundation's Professional Advisory Board, address some common questions.

  • Just click on the podcast link under each question and listen.
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Q1. What is epilepsy and how many seizures are needed for a person to be diagnosed with epilepsy?


Q2. Is the term seizure disorder the same thing as epilepsy?


Q3. What happens in the brain when a person has a seizure?


Q4. What are seizure types and epilepsy syndromes?


Q5. Is it normal for people to feel scared or overwhelmed when first diagnosed?


Q6. What are some ways of helping people cope with a new diagnosis of epilepsy? Does talking about it help?


Q7. What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and what's the outlook?


Q8. What are absence seizures and what is the outlook for a child with this seizure type?


Q9. What is typical first aid for a person during an absence seizure?


Q10. What can be done to help someone during a partial or focal seizure?


Q11. What should a person with seizures tell others about what to do if they have a seizure?


Q12. What happens to a person after a seizure (also called the postictal phase)?


Q13. What happens if seizures aren't controlled with the first one or two medicines tried?


Q14. Where can a person find an epilepsy specialist?


Q15. What can a person do to identify possible triggers and help control seizures?


Q16. Are there differences between brand and generic seizure medications?


Q17. Would it help to stay on the same formulation of seizure medication?


Closing Remarks


Authored By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
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