Photosensitive epilepsy

24th September 2019

Photosensitive epilepsy is the term commonly used for people who have seizures triggered by flashing or flickering lights and patterns. Due largely to its depiction in TV and film, it’s also a type of epilepsy trigger that many people think is an extremely common trigger. Although it affects around 20,000 people in the UK alone,…

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Category: Seizures

Does more need to be done to safeguard people with photosensitive epilepsy online?

5th June 2019

There are approximately 20,000 people in the UK who have photosensitive epilepsy. At present, there are guidelines on warnings for films and TV to warn those who may be affected by flashing images. However, there have been recent calls that the government needs to do more to safeguard people who are watching videos online. There…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy, Seizures

What causes epilepsy?

29th May 2019

Epilepsy is a rather broad terminology for a group of symptoms that has one thing in common, seizures that arise in the brain. As such, there is a broad range of potential causes that can lead to a person being diagnosed with epilepsy. Causes of epilepsy can be incredibly complex and are often difficult to…

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Category: Seizures

Status epilepticus (prolonged seizures)

21st February 2019

For most people who have epilepsy, a seizure will usually last a similar amount of time. However, on occasion a seizure may not stop of its own accord or the person may experience a further seizure without any time for recovery. Should this last for 30 minutes or more, this is what is known as…

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Category: Seizures

Temperature-induced seizures

17th September 2018

There are many potential triggers that could cause an individual to have a seizure. Triggers are not generalised across the epilepsy populations, therefore, individuals will experience specific types of triggers. However, some triggers are more common than others. For example, stress and sleep deprivation are two of the more common triggers. Another trigger that’s experienced…

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Category: Seizures

Information about diagnosing epilepsy

18th June 2018

Diagnosing epilepsy is by no means simple, however, if there is a classic description of seizures this makes the diagnosis more straightforward. There are other medical conditions that present in similar ways to epilepsy that can make it more difficult to diagnose. Of course, this can be a stressful time for a person who isn’t…

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Category: Seizures