The importance of treating Epilepsy

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Epilepsy Treatment and Impact

Treatment with Anti-Epileptic Medication

While there is currently no cure for epilepsy, effective treatment with the right type and dosage of anti-epileptic medication can significantly control seizures.

Key Point: Research indicates that approximately 70% of individuals with epilepsy can achieve complete seizure control with appropriate medication.

Consequences of Untreated Epilepsy

If left untreated, epilepsy can lead to severe consequences, as discussed below:

Life-Threatening Seizure Events

Warning: Seizures can pose a risk of life-threatening events either during the seizure itself or through Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

Potential for Brain Damage

Risk: Seizures have the potential to cause brain damage, resulting in significant implications for quality of life in the long term.

Impact on Mental Health and Quality of Life

Concerns: Untreated epilepsy may lead to various mental health and social challenges, including:

  • Fall in IQ
  • Depression and social problems
  • Lower quality of life due to increased seizure risk
  • Possible suicidal tendencies