Epilepsy: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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Epilepsy: The Ultimate Teen Guide dispels the myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about epilepsy and the people who have the disorder. It provides factual medical information and advice for teens on how to live a normal life. Stories from teens who have epilepsy show readers they can participate in normal activities. They also offer advice on whether and how to tell friends, dates, teachers, or an employer about the condition. This book concludes with an extensive list of publications, websites, and ...
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Overview

Epilepsy: The Ultimate Teen Guide dispels the myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about epilepsy and the people who have the disorder. It provides factual medical information and advice for teens on how to live a normal life. Stories from teens who have epilepsy show readers they can participate in normal activities. They also offer advice on whether and how to tell friends, dates, teachers, or an employer about the condition. This book concludes with an extensive list of publications, websites, and organizations, as well as an appendix that covers the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it applies to people who have epilepsy.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Epilepsy, which emphasizes that with proper management, teens with epilepsy can live perfectly normal lives, is informative...photographs, charts, and sidebars are effectively used...good choice for both public and school collections.
VOYA
This library reference publisher ventures into the teen market with this new series, "It Happened to Me: The Ultimate Teen Guide". Epilepsy is a strong research source for families and mature teens dealing with the illness. The volume clearly defines the disorder, debunks the historical myths, describes diagnosis and treatments, and discusses epilepsy's implications for personal life and achievement. In addition, it examines how a woman's hormones affect symptoms; includes extensive testimonial material from persons diagnosed with the illness, including author McGarrahan; and summarizes two related teen novels. Inserts highlight specific topics-driving restrictions, the epilepsy Bill of Rights for young people, seizure warnings, and support groups. Promising to draw on the experiences of teens who have lived with the books' social issues, illness, or lifestyle topics, the series as a whole employs comprehensive, accessible, and current information presented clearly with user-friendly organization. Because of significant differences in tone, organization, format, and quality, however, a buyer should evaluate each volume separately. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Scarecrow Press, 103p. PLB
— Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The focus here is the effect of the disease on a teen's life, including its impact on the sports field, in the workplace, on dates, and behind the wheel of a car. The final chapter deals with current and future research. Personal narratives enhance this accessible, informative choice. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
December 2008 Epilepsy360
Trying to get a job, just started dating or think your parents are overprotective? These are just a few of the topics covered in this ultimate guide for teens living with epilepsy. As well as the social aspects of life, this book also helps with understanding your epilepsy, medications and treatments. There is also a section especially for girls answering questions about pregnancy and family planning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810858350
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: It Happened to Me Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 347,874
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 10.11 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathlyn Gay is a full-time freelance writer and has authored more than 120 books and articles. She is the author of several titles in the "It Happened to Me" series for Scarecrow, including Cultural Diversity (2003), Volunteering (2004), The Military and Teens (2008), and Body Image and Appearance (2009).
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
What's Epilepsy?     1
What Is Epilepsy?     3
Brain Cells     4
Structure of the Brain     5
Seizures     6
Fact or Folklore?     9
The "Sacred Disease"     9
Driving Out Demons     10
More Recent History of Epilepsy Treatment     12
What Causes Epilepsy and Seizures?     15
What's Happening?     19
Personal Stories     20
Diagnosis and Treatment     27
Collecting Information     27
The EEG     28
Other Diagnostic Tools     30
Treatment     32
Combating Side Effects     34
Surgery for Epilepsy     35
Success Stories     36
Types of Surgery     38
Vagus Nerve Stimulator     39
Living with Epilepsy     41
Epilepsy and Driving 24     43
Lifestyle Changes     44
Parental Reactions     46
First Aid     48
Seizure-Alert Dogs     50
School and Job Issues     53
School Problems     54
Dating     56
On the Job     59
Sports and Recreation     63
A Champion Swimmer     64
Biking for Epilepsy     65
The Female Factor     69
Teenage Changes     69
Catamenial Epilepsy     70
Pregnancy Concerns     71
Before and during Pregnancy     72
Finding a Cure     75
Awareness Programs     75
A Possible Brain "Switch"     76
Gene Research     77
Clinical Trials     78
Appendix     81
Chapter Notes     85
Glossary     91
For Further Information     95
Index     99
About the Authors     103
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