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EPILEPSY EXPLAINED

DEFINED BY RECURRING SEIZURES WHICH WITH A SEIZURE BEING AN EPISODE OF ALTERED BEHAVIOUR OR CONSCIOUSNESS, RESULTING FROM ABNORMAL ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY IN THE BRAIN 

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EPILEPSY OVERVIEW

Not a Neuro Developmental condition

Many Neuro Divergent people have Epilepsy

1% Of UK adults have diagnosed Epilepsy = 500k adults

Present from birth in many cases, others the first seizure can be teenage or adult years 

Most triggers are unknown, many controlled with medication

Less than 3% of Epileptics have seizures triggered by light sources

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY

UNLESS EXPERIENCING A SEIZURE THERE ARE GENERALLY NO COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES

Immediately after an episode a person may become agitated and confused

Some presentations have associated behavioural difficulties so a change of approach is required.

Some seizures appear very minor but affect speech and thought for a short time 

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EPILEPSY PRESENTATION INCLUDES

Some get a warning sign, but many do not

If a person does have an aura then get them to sit on the floor

Ensure you stay with them for reassurance and safety

Partial absence seizure may involve the person tugging at their clothes, and may be OK in a few minutes

Being dazed and confused is common during an episode

Some people don't even realise they have had a seizure

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A FEW REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY

Reduce stress and anxiety, as these can be triggers

Ensure hard corners and surfaces are soft incase of head injury

Always work in pairs 

Night shifts and irregular shift patterns can be a strain on the nervous system and trigger an episode

A regular shift pattern, ideally days will help to prevent a seizure

Well managed workloads and tasks will help to risk manage seizures