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
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.
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
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
Seizure Disorders: A Guide for Patients and Families
by Mitzi Waltz
$19.95, 288 pages, paperback
PUBLICATION DATE: March 2001
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