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March 2001

Partial Seizures: Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- More than 2 million people in the United States have some form of epilepsy. The most well known are grand mal seizures characterized by convulsions. Less outwardly dramatic, but more common, are partial seizures, which involve only part of the brain. Symptoms for partial seizure disorders can vary widely: some patients have numbing, shaking, or automatic movements of one or more body parts, while others may experience only mental or sensory changes during a seizure. Undiagnosed partial seizures can lead to permanent brain damage.

Partial seizures can be a truly devastating disability, not just a minor problem or tempoary inconvenience. Children and adults with partial seizures experience anxiety, embarrassment, sometimes even harassment. Children's symptoms often prevent them from making friends, achieving their best in school, and having a normal childhood. Adults face discrimination at work and challenges in relationships. The effects of these disruptions can be painful and lifelong.

The good news is that partial seizures are treatable. With intervention, patients can wrest back control of their lives. Mitzi Waltz, author of Partial Seizure Disorders: A Guide for Patients and Families, brings together the latest information about diagnosing, treating and coping with partial seizures when they occur in children and adults. This book helps patients and families:

  • Secure an accurate and complete diagnosis
  • Understand medical and therapy options
  • Navigate the education system
  • Deal with partial seizures in the community and workplace
  • Get care with an existing health insurance plan
  • Find helpful resources
Partial Seizure Disorders combines up-to-date medical information with the stories of children and adults successfully living with the condition. Parents and family members of people diagnosed with partial seizures are faced with many challenges on a daily basis. This is the only book available to help them understand what partial seizures are, how to treat them, and how they can act as an advocate for themselves or their child.

About the Author

Mitzi Waltz has been an author, journalist, and editor for more than a decade, covering topics from computers to health care. She is also the author of Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help, Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents.

Partial Seizure Disorders: A Guide for Patients and Families
by Mitzi Waltz
$19.95, 288 pages, paperback
ISBN: 0-596-50003-3

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