The Epilepsy Foundation’s latest campaign is to “rewire the fight-or-flight reaction most people have when seeing someone have a seizure and replace it with empathy and action”.
Here’s what to do when someone has a seizure:
Remain calm. Remember Three Ss: Stay, Safe, Side.
· Stay with the person having a seizure.
· Make sure the person is Safe.
· If the the person convulses, turn him/her on their Side.
· Never put anything in the person’s mouth.
· If the seizure persists longer than 5 minutes, call 911.
Via the Epilepsy Foundation:
· Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries.
· Public misunderstanding about epilepsy causes social challenges like bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don’t want to talk about it, but we can no longer ignore it.
· Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. There are 3.4 million people in the U.S. living with active epilepsy – that’s more than Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. Yet, Epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those neurological disorders.
Dr. Timothy Allen
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies
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