Women with Epilepsy: A Handbook of Health and Treatment Issuesby Martha J. Morrell
Pub. Date: 03/28/2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This handbook assembles a team of experts to review the special problems faced by women with epilepsy. Epilepsy treatments affect fertility and can cause pregnancy complications and birth defects, but most of the available drugs have been tested on men. Moreover, hormone effects on seizures are of particular concern to women at puberty, at menopause, and over the
This handbook assembles a team of experts to review the special problems faced by women with epilepsy. Epilepsy treatments affect fertility and can cause pregnancy complications and birth defects, but most of the available drugs have been tested on men. Moreover, hormone effects on seizures are of particular concern to women at puberty, at menopause, and over the menstrual cycle. Many health-care providers are not informed about the unique issues facing women with epilepsy. This book, published in association with the Epilepsy Foundation of America, fills that gap and provides women with epilepsy with the information they need to be effective self-advocates.
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Table of Contents
Part I. The Woman with Epilepsy: 1. Introduction Martha J. Morrell; 2. Being a woman with epilepsy Lisa Lindahl; 3. The woman with epilepsy: a historical perspective Orrin Devinsky; 4. Quality of life issues for women with epilepsy Joyce A. Cramer; Part II. Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment: 5. The genetics of epilepsy Melodie R. Winawer and Ruth Ottman; 6. Antiepileptic drugs and other treatments for epilepsy Jacqueline A. French; 7. Epilepsy in children and adolescents Patricia Crumine; 8. Non-epileptic seizures Steven C. Schacter; Part III. Hormones and the Brain: 9. Brian differences between men and women Paula Shear; 10. Sex hormones and how they act on the brain Philip A. Schwartzkroin; 11. Epilepsy and the menstrual cycle Patricia O. Shafer and Andrew D. Herzog; 12. Menopause and epilepsy Fariha Abbasi and Allan Krumholz; Part IV. Health Challenges for Women with Epilepsy: 13. Reproductive health Martha J. Morrell; 14. Sexual dysfunction in epilepsy Martha J. Morrell; 15. Bone health in women with epilepsy Robert Marcus; 16. Psychiatric complications in epilepsy Laura Marsh; Part V. Family Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting: 17. Family planning and contraceptive choice Pamela Crawford; 18. Obstetrical health and risk of birth defects Mark Yerby, Aline Derdiarian and Yasser Y. El-Sayed; 19. Neurocognitive outcome in children of mothers with epilepsy Kimford J. Meador; 20. Parents with epilepsy Mimi Callanan; Part VI. Living Well with Epilepsy: 21. The impact of epilepsy on relationships Patricia Gibson; 22. Parenting the daughter with epilepsy Joan Kessner Austin and Janet Austin Tooze; 23. Safety issues for women with epilepsy Jeanne Carpenter; 24. Work issues Jim Troxell; Appendix: the Epilepsy Foundation's Campaign for Women's Health Elizabeth A. Borda; Index.
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Dr. Morrell's book not only confirms many things women have felt about their epilepsy. The book covers issues that some women with the seizures may not have associated with the disorder but which are in fact directly related to it. Women with seizure disorders will find useful information they can take to their doctors and comfort in knowing that they're not alone in coping with the many issues that accompany epilepsy. Perhaps the most up to date and informative publication available. And, from a physician whose interests and research have been at the forefront in understanding gender differences in epilepsy's impact on people who have it.