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, Third 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 seizuresThe factors that can cause or prevent seizuresThe most current information about all antiepileptic drugsMedical, surgical and alternative therapies for seizuresLegal, financial and employment issuesEpilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, Third Edition is an authoritative, go-to resource for all aspects of life with Epilepsy.
Dr. Orrin Devinsky is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He directs the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the Staten Island University Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). Dr. Devinsky received his B.S. and M.S. from Yale University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School and interned at Bostons Beth Israel Hospital. He completed neurology training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and his epilepsy fellowship at the NIH
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