It is estimated that around 450,000 people in the UK have epilepsy, making it the most common neurological disorder existing. But with the right medication and determination, it is possible to lead a happy and healthy life.
Epilepsy: The Essential Guide will guide you through everything you need to know about this frequently misunderstood condition: from diagnosis and the types of treatment available to practical advice on managing epilepsy effectively and strategies for coping with seizures. The myths surrounding the condition are dispelled and common questions answered.
Benefits, rights, driving, pregnancy, parenthood, education and employment issues are just some of the topics covered, together with advice for parents caring for an epileptic child.
Whether you have just been diagnosed with epilepsy, have lived with the condition for some time, or are a parent or teacher wanting to know more, this guide will arm you with all the essential facts.
Author: Louise Bolotin
Epilepsy – the Basics
First Aid and Mortality Issues
Managing Your Epilepsy
Women and Parenthood
Children with Epilepsy
Rights and Welfare Benefits
Louise Bolotin has been a journalist for 30 years, starting her career in the music press before moving on to cover all manner of subjects. She has written for many magazines and national newspapers over the years. Louise was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1997. Her struggle to find useful information on managing her epilepsy has given her a pool of knowledge upon which she draws for this book.
Originally from Brighton, Louise lived in France and the Netherlands for over a decade before returning to the UK and settling in north-west England. She is now based in Manchester where she runs a freelance writing and editing business.
M.I. (via Amazon) -
Like Mrs Bolton, I've had epilepsy (temporal lobe; there are over 40 types of the condition). And, like her, I've had published a book of my own, The Vital Spark, Fitting In With Epilepsy (the irony of 'fitting in' is deliberate).
First thing: please don't refer to a person as (an) epileptic. The condition and its symptoms are epileptic, not the person. This matters, for speaking of 'an epileptic' makes it seem the most important aspect of the person, when it isn't. Why not speak in the same way of 'a migrainic'? What about 'an influenzic'?
Epilepsy doesn't need to stop someone achieving, whatever authorities or others may say. Despite it, I have two degrees and used to be a languages lecturer - until I was banned from working in the UK. Why? My colleagues claimed I might bite them. This is just an example of the superstition hanging around epilepsy. Forget the evil spirits nonsense. There's much more - and it has to be cleared away.
Facts: you don't have to be brain-injured to have epilepsy. Most cases, like mine, have no known cause. You don't have to collapse and convulse. Most attacks are only just visible, if at all, like with me. And it's very common, but silence on the subject (not socially acceptable) means it's not mentioned, so people think it's rare.
We need books like this, and mine and others, to make the truth known. The level of discrimination against epilepsy is a national disgrace. Those with it are twice as likely as other disabled people to be unemployed. Did you know that people with epilepsy used to be exterminated, or at best sterilised, well into modern times? I refused to think about surgery, for it might have meant losing my speech. I still do translations! And there's much more: read this book, and others like it, especially if a diagnosis is recent. All of us need to know the truth about this condition. Anyone, at any age, can develop it at any time, and without knowing why. Possibly it's treatable - and possibly not. If not, you learn to live with it. I can't claim it's easy, but with time you do get used to it. Life has more important aspects than a condition that hits only sometimes.
N. NEWMAN (via Amazon) -
Did you know that half a million people suffer from epilepsy in the Britain? This book tackles the mysteries and misconceptions associated with Epilepsy.
Epileptics, their parents, friends and employers will much appreciate this handy, clearly written book. This guide provides practical proactive advice to aid you in the vital decisions that epileptics and their carers will need to make over treatment, careers, work, studying, family, leisure and benefits. It also provides useful sources for additional information on recent developments in treatment and support.
Overall, what makes this book different from other publications on the market; it is written by a journalist who has experienced epilepsy for many years.
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