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Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in children, adults, and the elderly, affecting over 2.7 million people in the United States. Every year almost 200,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy and will face drastic lifestyle changes but a proper understanding of epilepsy is the first step toward managing this disease and living life to the fullest.

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Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in children, adults, and the elderly, affecting over 2.7 million people in the United States. Every year almost 200,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy and will face drastic lifestyle changes but a proper understanding of epilepsy is the first step toward managing this disease and living life to the fullest.

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition offers a comprehensive and authoritative discussion of epilepsy for the patient. Written by a leading expert in the field, this extensively updated third edition incorporates many comments and suggestions from real patients and their families. This guide will answer commonly asked questions about epilepsy, dispel uncertainties and fears, and encourage those diagnosed with epilepsy to become strong advocates in their medical care.

Ideal for patients or parents of children with epilepsy, this book discusses:

  • The nature and diversity of seizures

  • The factors that can cause or prevent seizures

  • The most current information about all antiepileptic drugs
    Medical, surgical, and alternative therapies for seizures

  • Legal, financial, and employment issues

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition is an authoritative, go-to resource for all aspects of life with epilepsy.;Part One: Medical Aspects of Epilepsy; Facts about Epilepsy; The Brain and Epilepsy; Seizures; Epileptic Syndromes; An Overview of Epilepsy; Seizure-Provoking Factors; Part Two: Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy; The Health Care Team; Making the Diagnosis of Epilepsy; First Aid for Seizures; Drugs used against Epilepsy; Surgical Therapy; Other Therapies;Part Three: Living with Epilepsy; Living with Epilepsy; Epilepsy and Children; Pregnancy and Menopause; Parenting by People with Epilepsy; Employment for People with Epilepsy; Mental Health of Adults with Epilepsy; Epilepsy in the Elderly; Part Four: Legal and Financial Issues in Epilepsy; Legal Rights of People with Epilepsy; Insurance and Government Assistance;Part Five: Resources for People with Epilepsy;The Epilepsy Foundation; Other Resources; Toward a Cure for Epilepsy; Glossary of Terms; Glossary of Drugs used against Epilepsy; Drug Interactions; Resources for People with Epilepsy; References and Suggested Reading; Index;"An excellent source of accurate and insightful information on the medical aspects of epilepsy. The book provides valuable information which will enable you to work in collaboration with your neurologist and health care team toward the goal of no seizures and no side effects. Eric R. Hargis, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation

"Dr. Orrin Devinsky is a deeply knowledgeable, sensitive, and caring physician the sort of doctor we would all like to have. He is also one of the world's foremost experts in seizure disorders, and in this most comprehensive edition of his classic book, he brings a wealth of updated information and experience. Clearly and vividly written, a most valuable resource for anyone affected by epilepsy."--Oliver Sacks, MD, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, Author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

"As a parent of a young child with epilepsy, I recommend this book as a starting point for families living with epilepsy."Warren Lammert, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and

"This book is comprehensive and up-to-date, and it can be recommended confidently to patients and families." Psychiatric Times

"Ideal for the patient and family member who wishes to go beyond what is routinely available in patient education brochures. It is difficult to find any other publication that is so inclusive in regard to the variety of issues facing patients and family members with epilepsy."Medical Science

"People with seizure disorders (and their families) need a source of information that is readable, reliable, and credible. This book is such a source of information ล and it does an excellent job in fulfilling this role." -- Le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934559918
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 637,866
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Orrin Devinsky, MD, is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and Director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). He has published widely in epilepsy, with more than 250 articles and chapters and more than 20 books and monographs. He is currently on the board of the national Epilepsy Foundation. He is co-editor of, Epilepsy and Behavior, and Reviews in Neurological Diseases.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Medical Aspects of Epilepsy
An Overview of Epilepsy     3
Classification and Features of Epileptic Seizures     9
Classification of Epileptic Syndromes     23
Causes of Epilepsy     39
The First Seizure     45
Prognosis of Epilepsy     49
Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy
Seizure-Provoking Factors     57
The Health Care Team     69
Making the Diagnosis of Epilepsy     81
First Aid for Seizures     103
Principles of Drug Therapy for Epilepsy     109
Drugs Used to Treat Epilepsy     133
Surgical Therapy for Epilepsy     155
Epilepsy in Children
Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy     177
Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy     187
Epilepsy in Infancy     195
Epilepsy in Childhood     201
Epilepsy in Adolescence     209
Outgrowing Epilepsy     215
Intellectual and Behavioral Development     221
Telling Children and Others about Epilepsy     233
Family Life, Social Life, and Physical Activities     239
Education of Children with Epilepsy     247
Epilepsy in Adults
Mental Handicap and Cerebral Palsy     253
Living with Epilepsy     257
Contraception, Pregnancy, and Menopause     269
Parenting by People with Epilepsy     279
Employment and Military Service for People with Epilepsy     283
Epilepsy in the Elderly     293
Legal and Financial Issues in Epilepsy
Legal Rights of People with Epilepsy     299
Insurance and Government Assistance for People with Epilepsy     303
Resources for People with Epilepsy
Mental Health of Adults with Epilepsy     311
Resources for People with Epilepsy     321
Toward a Cure for Epilepsy     329
The Brain and Epilepsy     337
Antiepileptic Drugs     347
Drug Interactions     349
Resources for People with Epilepsy     359
Glossary     369
Index     381
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